Lib Dems will invest £61.8m to protect school funding in Hackney.

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £61.8m more in schools and colleges in Hackney over the next parliament.

The funding for Hackney 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.

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£3m of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.

Joe Richards, Parliamentary candidate for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, said:
 
"Children in Hackney 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 £61.8m 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."

Dave Raval, Parliamentary candidate for Hackney South and Shoreditch, said:

“Hackney is one of the worst affected areas by the real term cuts and the proposed changes to school funding. We have been campaigning in Hackney for some time now on this issue so we are really delighted today to announce this policy.

“The Tories have embarked on an ideological attack of the state school system, pumping money into new free schools whilst existing schools struggle to get by. This is why the Liberal Democrats would reverse spending plans for new grammar and free schools and instead put that money where it is really needed.”



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 Hackney.

"Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Britain’s future."