Lib Dems will invest £26m to protect school funding in South Gloucestershire

The Liberal Democrats have announced they would invest £26m more in schools and colleges in South Gloucestershire over the next parliament.

The funding for South Gloucestershire 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.

£1.3m of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.

Claire Young, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Thornbury and Yate, said:

"Most local primary schools in this area face losing the equivalent of two teachers each - and secondary schools each face losing up to 16 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 £26m of funding 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 South Gloucestershire.

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