Lib Dems pledge £2.5bn for education

The BBC is reporting that the Liberal Democrats will pledge an extra £2.5bn for England’s education budget in their election manifesto…

The party said the cash would ensure spending was protected “from cradle to college” and went beyond other parties’ commitments…

The Lib Dems have previously said they would protect the education budget in line with inflation.

Mr Clegg will now say that once the deficit has been eliminated in 2017-18, funding for two to 19-year-olds would increase with economic growth, which was 2.8% over the course of 2014.

Even with pupil numbers taken into account, the party said this increase would ensure the amount of money per child was protected over the course of the Parliament, amounting to an extra £2.5bn.

It said the cash was the equivalent of 70,000 teachers and 10,000 learning support assistants…

More at: Lib Dems pledge £2.5bn for education

 

There’s no independent analysis of these latest Lib Dem claims but they seem to have the edge on Conservative and Labour pledges by protecting both against inflation and on a per-pupil basis.

However, as with the others, they ignore the known increases in costs – especially employment costs – that schools will be facing. 

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Since Lib Dems likely to have about 4 seats in next parliament is this worth listening to? Desperate plea for teacher votes?

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Since Lib Dems likely to have about 4 seats in next parliament is this worth listening to? Desperate plea for teacher votes?

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