Nick Clegg: Increased education spending is ‘red line’ in coalition deal

The BBC is reporting that Nick Clegg has made clear that a pledge to raise education funding in England from £49bn to £55.3bn over the next Parliament is the price of the Lib Dems entering coalition after the election…

It is the first so-called “red line” that the Lib Dem leader has revealed…

The Lib Dems have said they would spend £2.5bn more than Labour and £5bn more than the Conservatives between 2015 and 2020 on education, protecting funding all the way from early years to further education.

Mr Clegg said what his party call the “cradle to college” pledge would be a “deal-breaker” in potential negotiations with other parties…

Education is a devolved matter in the UK, so the pledge relates to England only…

Mr Clegg said he would “not accept under any circumstances the cuts to nurseries, to schools and to colleges that both Conservatives and now Labour have announced”…

Of course, any increased spending on education will have to come at the expense of other departments as the Lib Dems have already committed to £12bn of cuts in the first two years of the next Parliament…

 

With the chance of a coalition government of some type being in power after the election, is this actually one of the most significant developments of the election campaign yet as far as education is concerned? 

Do you welcome Nick Clegg going full-out and making education spending his first red line in this way?

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  1. KingKing3107

    schooltruth SchoolsImprove Yes, I do! A collective decision was made during the coalition; not a unilateral Lib-Dem view.

  2. KingKing3107

    schooltruth SchoolsImprove Yes, I do! A collective decision was made during the coalition; not a unilateral Lib-Dem view.

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