Responding to the relaunch of the National Education Union’s ‘School Cuts’ website, which reveals that more than 15,000 schools will have less money per pupil in real terms in 2020 than they did in 2015, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Layla Moran said:
“The Conservatives continue to fail our children. This data removes the wool that Boris Johnson tried to throw over our eyes – that he is making parents and teachers wait for the money their schools desperately need.
“Whilst he peddles catchy soundbites, teachers are still faced with impossible decisions on which support staff to cut or which basic supplies not to buy.
“The money in the Spending Round won’t reach all schools until next September. Even then, it will probably take until around 2022 for the cuts since 2015 to be reversed. That’s seven years wasted – the length of time a child is at primary school.
“Liberal Democrats demand better for our children’s futures. We need an emergency cash injection this year to reverse school cuts, so that teachers have the resources they need to help their pupils succeed in life.”
Cllr Linda Tock the spokesperson for Education for the Hull City Council Lib Dem Group in Hull, had this to say on the local situation:
“The residents of Hull can’t wait for funding promises that may never actually happen, the situation here in Hull is that hundreds of children are still waiting for school places – we are oversubscribed and chronically underfunded.
“The money earmarked for schools that has been suggested is still less than what the Conservatives have cut – giving with one hand, but they’ve already taken it away for many years with the other.
“The Hull City Council Lib Dem group investigated and found that between 2015 and 2019 schools in Hull lost out on £32.2m – the difference between funding and the amount needed to protect per pupil funding in real terms. This equates to a loss of £367 per pupil in the city.
“The Hull Liberal Democrats have been fighting tirelessly to properly fund Education provision in Hull. I raised a motion that passed in Hull City Council in June this year, it was to address the school cuts we have been facing in Hull and demand better from this national government – the Conservative government can’t be trusted, making such empty promises when we are expecting a general election to be called.”