It is simply unforgivable that local schools were receiving £600 per pupil per year less than the national average – the least of anywhere in the Country.
It is a great shame that Labour chose to ignore this underfunding during their 13 years in government.
That is why I’m extremely proud that, from April, local schools will receive an extra £23.2m each year in funding – money that will significantly improve the quality of education for local children.
This would not have happened if local people had not supported the Liberal Democrats!
I along with my Lib Dem colleagues, will continue to campaign for a long-term fairer funding formula for schools, fighting for an immediate increase in schools capital funding for us so that our school buildings can keep pace with increasing demand; be it building extra classrooms or modernising existing facilities.
Providing our schools with more funding for resources through a fairer funding formula, the Pupil Premium, and better classrooms will mean pupils, especially those from poorer backgrounds, get the support they deserve.
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