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A simple and deliverable solution for school funding

There is an education funding policy that all politicians could sign up to right now which is simple and easy to deliver, and which will have a real impact on school funding. Pepe Di’Iasio explains
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It would perhaps be naive to expect detailed plans from political parties during a general election campaign. Manifestos tend to be broad brush strokes which are fleshed out later after the victorious party forms a government.

Even with that in mind, however, the spending plans on education announced by Labour and the Conservatives are not encouraging.

Labour is relying on raising extra revenue from its much-discussed proposal to levy VAT on private schools.

Its manifesto envisages generating £1.5bn through this route with the money allocated to policies such as recruiting 6,500 new teachers, mental health support for every school, and 3,000 new nurseries.

These are laudable initiatives which have great potential to benefit children and families, but they are additional items of expenditure, and this spending commitment does not address the general underfunding of education that is currently causing so many problems.

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