Here is a template press release you can use for our announcement that the Liberal Democrats would invest an extra £7bn a year in schools, reversing all of the Conservative cuts to education and protecting funding for every school and every child.
You can adapt this using figures by local authority here. This is broken down by the amount that would be spent protecting per pupil funding, ensuring no school loses out from the National Funding Formula, and protecting funding for the Pupil Premium.
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Lib Dems will invest £X to protect school funding in [AREA]
The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest [INSERT LOCAL FIGURE – TOTAL ADDITIONAL FUNDING] more in schools and colleges in [AREA] over the next parliament.
The funding for [AREA] 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.
[INSERT LOCAL FIGURE – PUPIL PREMIUM] of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.
A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:
“Children in [AREA] 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 £X 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 [AREA].
“Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Britain’s future.”
Notes to Editors
The Liberal Democrats will invest £6.9bn more in our schools and colleges over the next parliament, to ensure no school and no child loses out. A breakdown of local figures on additional funding by local authority can be found here.
Over the course of the Parliament, we will:
- Protect per pupil funding in real terms in schools (£3.31bn)
- Protect further education per pupil funding in real terms (£660m)
- Ensure no school loses out from the National Funding Formula (£1.26bn)
- Protect the pupil premium in real terms (£415m)
These plans will be fully costed in the Liberal Democrat manifesto, which will be launched in due course and set all our spending plans out in more detail. This will include reversing the Government’s proposed funding for new grammar schools.
A report by the National Audit Office has found school budgets will be slashed by £3bn in real terms by 2019-20 – the equivalent to reducing spending by 8 per cent per pupil, under current government plans (link)