Liberal Democrats pledges 2017

Claim/pledge 1

‘Schools in England are facing an unprecedented funding crisis, with rising pupil numbers and an inadequate financial settlement means that real-terms per-pupil funding is being squeezed. At the same time the Conservatives’ flawed approach to the National Fair Funding Formula means some schools will lose out even more… Liberal Democrats/ will reverse all cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protecting per pupil funding in real terms, introduce a fairer NFF with a protection for all schools, so that no school loses money. Protect the Pupil Premium. Over the parliament, this means nearly £7 billion more for school and college budgets.’

(The Liberal Democrates Manifesto, 2017, p26)

Evidence/ data check

Claim/pledge 2

 ‘…extend free school meals to all children in primary education and promote school breakfast clubs.’

(The Liberal Democrates Manifesto, 2017, p30)

References

Britton, J. and Sibieta, L. (2017). Labour’s Proposed Boost to Education Spending. Institute for Fiscal Studies. Available at https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/9208 [23 May 2017]

Coughlan, S. (2017). Corbyn promises free primary school meals for all. Available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-39504339 [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 https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/9202  [23 May 2017]

Farron, T. (2017). £7 billion extra for schools under Liberal Democrat plans. Liberal Democrats. Available at http://www.libdems.org.uk/schools-bidgets-7-billion-liberal-democrats-plans [23 May 2017] 

Liberal Democrates Manifesto. (2017). Available at http://www.libdems.org.uk/manifesto [23 May 2017]

Simons, N. (2017). Lib Dems Promise To Reverse Schools Cuts With Extra £7bn In Education Funding. The Huffington Post. Available at http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/lib-dems-promise-extra-7bn-in-education-funding_uk_5911c241e4b0104c73526d3c [23 May 2017]