Call to end Conservative school cuts that threaten local teachers
The Liberal Democrats have been leading the fight against Conservative school cuts that could force schools in Dorset to axe 480 teachers and schools in Poole to axe 151 teachers.
Following the announcement by the Conservatives that an extra £1.3bn will be injected in schools over the next two years, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said that, instead of a real terms cut of 6.5%, there will still have been a cut of 4.6% between 2015 & 19.
Lib Dem campaigner Vikki Slade said: “This £1.3bn is a desperate attempt to pull the wool over people's eyes. Instead of providing the £4bn of extra funding promised in their manifesto, the Conservatives are recycling cash from the education budget. Schools are still facing cuts to their budgets once inflation, rising costs and increasing class sizes are taken into account.”
“The Lib Dems are calling for an extra £27 million for schools in Dorset to ensure pupils get the best chance to fulfil their potential. That would mean an additional 140 teachers locally.
“It’s time to end the Conservative attack on our schools and make sure they have the resources to do their vital job properly.”
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