The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £28,919,151 more in schools and colleges in Merton over the next parliament.
The funding would reverse cuts to front-line school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.
£1.2 million of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to support schools in helping children from the least well-off families.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Wimbledon, Carl Quilliam said:
"Under the Conservatives, funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation, while billions of pounds are going to be spent on plugging the Tories' Brexit budget deficit.
"This extra £29 million of funding would ensure no school and no child loses out.”
"The Tories plans for a Hard Brexit at any cost will see taxes up and services cut. Only the Lib Dems are standing up against it and pledging real investment in local services."
Claire Mathys, Lib Dem candidate for Mitcham & Morden said:
"We will reverse crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed. Education is at the heart of what Liberal Democrats stand for. It is the key to freedom and opportunity”.
Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:
"Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for people in Wimbledon, Raynes Park, Mitcham and Morden.
"A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Theresa May to take parents across the country for granted and cut our schools to the bone.
"Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Britain’s future."
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)