Schools worse off under Conservatives, says IFS

CREDIT: This story was first seen on BBC News

BBC News reports that, according to an independent think tank, the Tories promised £4bn in additional school funding equates to a £1bn rise in real terms.

When growing pupil numbers are taken into account, investment per pupil will fall 2.8% by 2022, the IFS says.

Labour has pledged to increase spending per pupil by six per cent over the course of the next Parliament.

The IFS says this would require an increase of around £4.8bn in real terms or 2017-18 prices.

The Liberal Democrats’ plans protect per pupil spending over the course of the Parliament in real terms at the present level (for 2017-18).

This would require £2.2bn extra investment. Presently, the schools budget is £40bn a year.

Luke Sibieta, associate director at the IFS, said: “”The commitments made by each of the main parties would imply quite different paths for school spending in the next Parliament.

“Labour would increase spending per pupil by around six per cent after inflation over the course of the Parliament, taking it to just above its previous historic high in 2015.

“Proposals from the Conservatives would lead to a near three per cent real terms fall in spending per pupil over the Parliament, taking it back to its 2010 level.”

The analysis of the headline figures comes as parents are preparing to hold events in different areas of England to highlight the cash crisis facing schools.

The IFS has previously said schools are currently facing the first real terms cut for 20 years.

Headteachers have been complaining of the tough decisions they have had to make about staffing and resources.

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