Local Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidates: Dr Jenny Woods (Reading East), Clive Jones (Wokingham), Meri O’Connell (Reading West) and Patrick Smith (Bracknell)

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £108,825,572 in schools and colleges across Reading, Wokingham, West Berkshire and Bracknell Forest over the next parliament.

The funding 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. It will mean schools will no longer have to go cap in hand to overstretched parents asking them to make up the shortfall in funding.

£2,969,368 of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.

Meri O’Connell, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Reading West said:

“Children in our area are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers and support staff. Headteachers are juggling ever diminishing resources in attempts to limit the damage cuts are having on our children’s educations – but Theresa May doesn’t care.

Clive Jones, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Wokingham said:

“Under the Conservatives, funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation, while billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammars and free schools.

Dr Jenny Woods, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Reading East said:

“This extra funding would ensure no school and no child loses out. Teachers should be doing what they do best – sharing a passion for knowledge and building a love of learning in pupils of all abilities and from all backgrounds.

Patrick Smith, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Bracknell said:

“I’m really proud that my party plans to reverse the crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed.”

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 Reading West.

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