Labour pledges 2017

Claim/pledge 1

‘Conservative cuts are starving schools of the funding they need to deliver a first class education. Crippling underfunding is driving up class sizes and forcing schools to cut corners…. We will make sure schools are properly resourced by reversing the Conservatives’ cuts and ensuring that all schools have the resources they need. We will introduce a fairer funding formula that leaves no school worse off, while redressing the historical underfunding of certain schools. Labour will also invest in new school buildings, including the phased removal of asbestos from existing schools’.

(The Labour Manifesto, 2017, p13)

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Claim/pledge 2

‘..we will introduce free school meals for all primary school children, paid for by removing the VAT exemption on private school fees’.

(The Labour Manifesto, 2017, p38)

Evidence/ data check


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Britton, J. and Sibieta, L. (2017). Labour’s Proposed Boost to Education Spending. Institute for Fiscal Studies. Available at [23 May 2017]

Coughlan, S. (2017). Corbyn promises free primary school meals for all. Available at [23 May 2017]

Dearden, L. and Farquharson, C. (2017). Free school meals for all primary pupils: Projections from a pilot. Institute for Fiscal Studies. Available at [23 May 2017]

Department for Education. (2016). Schools national funding formula Government consultation - stage 2. Available at [23 May 2017]

Labour Manifesto. (2017). Available at [23 May 2017]

Miller, H. (2017). Labour’s reversal of corporate tax cuts would raise substantial sums but comes with important trade-offs. Institute for Fiscal Studies. Available at [23 May 2017]

Milmo, C. (2017). Labour’s VAT plan for private school fees would lead to costly exodus into state sector, independent heads claim. i news. Available at [23 May 2017]

Perera, N., Andrews, J and Sellen, P. (2017). The implications of the National Funding Formla for Schools. Education Policy Institute. Available at [23 May 2017]

School Improvement. (2017). Labour plans to impose VAT on private school fees to fund free school meals. Available at [23 May 2017]

Vaughan, F. (2017). Tory £4bn spending pledge ‘will mean 3% cut to school budgets’. i News. Available at [23 May 2017]