A Manifesto with Opportunity at its Heart

The Lib Dems have launched their General Election manifesto. It puts opportunity at its heart and sets out a plan to ensure every child has a world-class education. The party has announced a major new commitment to protect education funding for every child.  This means protecting education spending per pupil in real terms over the next parliament, increasing the education budget as a whole. This commitment provides an extra £2.5bn of funding for 2-19yr olds by 2020.

This spending commitment will allow the Liberal Democrats to: 

  • Put a qualified teacher in every classroom.
  • Recruit and retain more good teachers.
  • Help schools to offer more one-to-one and small group tuition.
  • Expand early years education as pupil numbers grow.
  • This funding will also help ensure we can meet our commitment that every child is able to read well by the age of 11.¬†

The £2.5bn funding commitment is the equivalent of 70,000 teachers, 10,000 learning support assistants and guarantees funding for the additional 460,000 children starting school through the parliament. 

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  • Opportunity for children: with investment in education from nursery to 19 and qualified teachers in every classroom
  • ¬†Opportunity for young people: with more apprenticeships, discounted bus travel, a massive increase in housebuilding and support to rent or own their own home through the innovative Help to Rent and Rent to Own schemes
  • Opportunity for parents: with more free childcare and more paternity leave for fathers
  • Opportunity for workers: with a further ¬£400 tax cut for millions of working people
  • Opportunity for older people: with the pensions triple lock written into law and the extra ¬£8bn a year the NHS needs by 2020 to cope with the pressures of an ageing population
  • Opportunity for the next generation: with the budget balanced and our environment protected so that our children and grandchildren are not left to pay for the mistakes of this one¬†

As with the party's 2010 manifesto, the Liberal Democrats' top priorities are spelt out on the front page. They are:

  • Prosperity for all: Balance the budget fairly and invest to build a high-skill, low-carbon economy¬†
  • Opportunity for every child: Guarantee education funding from nursery to 19 and qualified teachers in every class¬†
  • Fair taxes: Cut your taxes by an additional ¬£400 by raising the Personal Allowance to ¬£12,500¬†
  • Quality health care for all: Invest ¬£8bn to improve our NHS and guarantee equal care for mental health¬†
  • Our environment protected: Protect nature and fight climate change with five green laws¬†

Download and read the full Manifesto here.

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