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Local Schools Budgets Slashed

May 2, 2017 10:15 PM

Mark outside St Andrews CE

Local Liberal Democrats are fighting against school funding cuts in Preston.

Recent figures from the National Union of Teachers show that schools in Lancashire will lose £67,726,441, in real terms, by 2019. This amounts to an average loss of £440 a year for each child. That is the equivalent of 1,841 teachers being cut from Lancashire schools. Ashton Community Science College would lose over half a million pounds by 2019 equivalent to 14 teachers being cut.(source: schoolcuts.org.uk)

Mark Jewell said, "On top of cuts to funding, school costs are also raising faster than their income. This means that even current levels of funding are not enough."

As a result of the Conservative government's cuts, schools across the county are having to consider drastic cost cutting proposals, including increasing class sizes, reducing staff numbers and even introducing a four day week.

Mark Jewell added, "This is why Liberal Democrats in Preston are calling on the government to reverse its cuts to schools funding".