The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £58 million more in schools and colleges in Lewisham over the next parliament.

The funding for Lewisham would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.

£3m of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.

Bobby Dean, the Liberal Democrats’ Parliamentary candidate for Lewisham Deptford, said:

“The future of the country, and of Lewisham, rests on its children. The Liberal Democrats would protect that future.

“By reversing the Brexit Government’s crippling cuts to school budgets, we would ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed.”

Emily Frith, our candidate for Lewisham East, said:

“Teachers in Lewisham deserve our support for the excellent work they do.

“With our commitment to provide an extra £58 million for schools in the area, we’re providing that support – and proving, once again, that the Liberal Democrats are the real opposition in this country.”

John Russell, our candidate for Lewisham West and Penge, added:

“The Government’s cuts are biting close to home. Forest Hill School, in my constituency, is facing severe budget shortfalls and has had to consider cutting services such as English as an Additional Language. Local parents are rightly concerned about the future education of their children.

“The Lib Dems would address those concerns with a £7 billion plan to protect per-pupil funding and to ensure that no school loses out from the national funding formula.”

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

“A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Theresa May to take parents across the country for granted and cut our schools to the bone.

“Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for Lewisham.

“Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Britain’s future.”

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