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The Lib Dems will reverse “brutal” cuts to education, the party’s candidate for Lichfield and Burntwood has claimed.
Paul Ray will represent the Lib Dems at the General Election on 12th December.
The local councillor said residents could see first hand the impact of cuts were having on local schools, suggesting many were now unable to provide even basic items for pupils as a result.
‘The Liberal Democrats are demanding better for our schools with an extra spend of £10billion each year and the recruitment of an extra 20,000 teachers,” he said.
“It should be a given that our schools have the funding they need to give our children the best start in life. Incredibly, that’s not the case.
‘The Conservatives have cut school funding to the bone and not giving our children the education they deserve.
“Teachers should not have to buy resources out of their own pockets, while parents are asked for additional donations simply to keep the most basic services available at our schools.”
The Lib Dem candidate, who has also stood at the two previous elections, insisted the impact on finances was hitting all areas of education.
He explained: “Too many schools do not have the special needs provision some of our most vulnerable children deserve.
“We cannot fail our children – especially when we know it is the children who need the most help who are the most likely to be let down.
“It’s vital we also stop teachers leaving, and that means proper pay. The Lib Dems will guarantee to increase teacher pay by 3% each year.
“Labour are making wildly extravagant spending promises which you just cannot believe. And you just cannot believe the Conservative promises too considering that they will only spend an extra 0.35% each year on your public services.
“The Lib Dems recognise that tax increases are not always popular but we will put 1p in the pound on income tax and that will be ringfenced for our NHS and care services. Higher earners will pay some more in tax and we would increase to corporation tax to 20%.”
“More and more Conservative and Labour voters are coming across to the Lib Dems because they believe in Remain and just don’t trust Johnson and just cannot vote for a Corbyn-led Labour party.”