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Lichfield and Burntwood schools to be HIT by Conservative spending plans

May 3, 2017 1:09 PM
By Alasdair Brooks

Under current government spending plans, 99% of English and Welsh schools will have a per-pupil funding cut. That works out to an average -£103,754 cut to primary schools (an average -£403 average loss per primary pupil), and an average -£470,433 cut to secondary schools (an average -£554 loss per secondary pupil). These shocking figures have a direct impact here in Lichfield District, where schools in Lichfield and Burntwood are facing cuts of 6% to 18% (see graph).

While this increasingly radical Tory government claims to be increasing funding for schools, there are two core problems. The amount set aside to increase spending is failing to match the increase in pupils; which means the amount spent per pupil falls despite the inadequate overall funding increase. Meanwhile, the government is planning to squander a further £320 million on 140 new Free Schools - this despite the Free Schools Programme already overspending by an astonishing £9 billion while existing schools struggle to pay for books, teachers, and infrastructure due to the drastic per-pupil funding cuts.

Liberal Democrats believe that the money spent on Free Schools is better targeted towards reversing the devastating cuts to school budgets and giving our vital hard-working teachers a well-deserved pay rise; not pumping more money into a failing scheme which won't deliver for the young people who need the most support.

Lichfield and Burntwood Education cuts