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Lib Dems will invest £29m to protect school funding in Stockton-on-Tees

May 15, 2017 4:08 PM

Drew Durning OutWood Bishopsgarth School StocktonLib Dems will invest £29m to protect school funding in Stockton-on-Tees

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £29m more in schools and colleges in Stockton over the next parliament.

The funding for Stockton would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.

£1.8m of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.

Drew Durning Parliamentary Candidate for Stockton South said:

"Children in Stockton-on-Tees are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers - but Theresa May doesn't care.

"Under the Conservatives, funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation, while billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammars and free schools.

"This extra £29m of funding for Stockton would ensure no school and no child loses out.

"We will reverse crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed."

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

"A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Theresa May to take parents across the country for granted and cut our schools to the bone.

"Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for Stockton-on-Tees.

"Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Britain's future."