The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will spend £10 billion a year more on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament.
Figures from the National Education Union show that next year (2020/21), schools in Welwyn Hatfield will have seen their budgets cut by £63,786,750 in real terms since 2015, once increasing pupil numbers are taken into account.
This is equivalent to a cut of £239 per pupil. Across the constituency, 23% of schools have seen their spending power cut since 2015.
Paul Zukowskyj Liberal Democrat candidate for Welwyn Hatfield said:
“Young people across Welwyn Hatfield deserve world-class schools and colleges so they can get the best start in life. But instead, the Conservatives have cut school budgets to the bone. Across Hertfordshire, schools rely on handouts from local parents or cut staff numbers to make ends meet.
“At County Hall I have pushed hard for proper building maintenance too. Recently I learned only a proportion of maintenance issues had funding and have pushed the Conservatives to fill the gap, but they say the funds are just not there because of Government cuts.
“As the next MP for Welwyn Hatfield, I will fight to reverse school cuts so that our children can get the resources they need to learn.
“Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for every child in Welwyn Hatfield. By stopping Brexit, we can spend £10 billion a year more on schools and recruit 20,000 more teachers to give every child the skills they need to succeed in life.”