Concerns over Conservative plans to slash funding for schools, colleges and nurseries in Cornwall

Dan has raised concerns after research shows that Conservative spending plans mean cuts to education funding by more than a quarter in Cornwall. 

Conservative plans could cut the education budget by £119 million in Cornwall by 2020 if they were in Government on their own, official research shows.

The Tories would be forced to slash local spending on schools, colleges and nurseries to keep pace with George Osborne’s drastic spending cuts plan.

It means £119,700,000 would be wiped of the education budget for Cornwall – hitting children’s life chances.

The research - based independent House of Commons library figures - shows schools will bear the brunt of Tory cuts but childcare, college and early years budgets would also be hit hard.

Unlike both Labour and the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats are committed to protecting cradle to college education spending.

North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson commented, “In Coalition Government Liberal Democrats have worked to protect the schools budget from cuts, to help the most disadvantaged pupils through our £2.5 billion pupil premium, and have reformed the national schools funding formula to end years of under-funding for Cornish Schools.

“Over the last five years we have also helped families with the costs of nurseries and childminders, and faced with even more Tory resistance, we have given a free healthy school lunch to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to help them concentrate in lessons.

“By committing to a budget surplus by 2020, giving away £7 billion in unfunded tax cuts and not raising extra taxes on the richest, George Osborne’s axe will have to fall on education. This would be a disaster for families and children who all depend good schools and a great teachers in this area.

“Unlike both the Conservatives and Labour, the Liberal Democrats will protect education spending on early years, schools and colleges. We believe education is crucial in building a stronger economy and a fairer society - one where every child has the opportunity to get on in life.”

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