Cuts to school budgets in St Albans are ‘an absolute scandal’ equivalent to the salaries of 80 teachers, says Liberal Democrat candidate Daisy Cooper.
Next year (2020-21) St Albans schools will have seen their budgets cut by £5.6 million in real terms since 2015, once increasing pupil numbers are taken into account, according to the National Education Union.
Across the constituency, 93% of schools have seen their spending power cut since 20151.
Liberal Democrats want to spend £10 billion a year more on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next parliament.
Daisy Cooper, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for St Albans, said:
“Young people across St Albans deserve world-class schools and colleges so they can get the best start in life.
“But what these figures reveal is an absolute scandal – school cuts in St Albans since 2015 are equal to the salaries of 80 teachers, at a time when about three-quarters of our schools have class sizes above the national average, many in areas where child poverty is also higher.
“Liberal Democrats would reverse school cuts to 2015 levels, and give councils additional funding for each pupil with the most complex needs.
“Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for every child in St Albans. By stopping Brexit, we can spend £10 billion a year more on schools across the UK and recruit 20,000 more teachers to give every child the skills they need to succeed in life.”
1 Figures published by the National Education Union (NEU) schoolcuts.org.uk website.