The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will reverse spend £10 billion a year more on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament.
Figures from the National Education Union show that next year (2020/21), schools in North Cornwall will have seen their budgets cut by £2,941,790 in real terms since 2015, once increasing pupil numbers are taken into account. This is equivalent to a cut of £242 per pupil. Across the constituency, 76% of schools have seen their spending power cut since 2015.
Danny Chambers says: ““Young people across North Cornwall deserve fairer funding for our schools and colleges so they can reach their full potential and get the best start in life.
“But instead, the Conservatives have cut school budgets to the bone. Many schools now rely on handouts from parents, generous teachers are putting their hands in their own pockets to pay for supplies or schools are cuttings staff numbers to make ends meet.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have wonderful career opportunities that stemmed from my state school education and I want all children to learn in world-class schools and colleges.
“A vote for me is a vote for someone who will fight to reverse school cuts so we can build a brighter future for children in North Cornwall”.
A Liberal Democrat government would reverse these cuts to frontline school budgets with an emergency cash injection of £4.6 billion next year. By 2024/25, the party will spend more than £10 billion extra on schools compared to this year, enough to boost teaching numbers by 20,000 over five years. The funding will also be used to support children with special educational needs and invest in extra training for teachers.