A “..weak commitment from David Cameron and the Conservatives..” – FOWER

Schoolboy learning

Lib Dems have given 15 hours free early education to all 3-4 year-olds and 40% of 2 year-olds. We are also giving free school meals to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

A Conservative majority government would slash funding for pre-school and higher education by more than £3.1bn a year, by 2020, Liberal Democrat research reveals.

The Prime Minister has said that his party would freeze per pupil funding at state schools in England over the course of the next Parliament, a cut in real terms.

  • The Conservatives would not maintain the early years education budget or the Department for Education‘s 16-19 education budget.
  • Conservative Government would need to slash £0.9bn a year from pre-school education and £2.2bn a year from 16-19 education by 2020.
  • Also raises questions over the future of the £2.5bn Pupil Premium, which is money targeted at the most disadvantaged students to close the attainment gap.

Peterborough Liberal Democrat’s candidate for the General Election, Darren Fower, said:

“This is an unbelievably weak commitment from David Cameron and the Conservatives.

“The only reason schools budgets have been protected in real terms is because the Liberal Democrats have been in government.

“This makes a mockery of the Conservatives’ claims to want to raise standards. You simply can’t improve education while starving schools, nurseries and colleges of the resources they need.”