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Liberal fears for local education

Created on 09/02/2011 @ 06:58
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New figures released by the Welsh Liberal Democrats have revealed that Conservative budget proposals could see the education spending gap between England and Wales rise to £881 per pupil.
The new figures were uncovered after it was revealed that the Labour-Plaid government has allowed the spending gap to rise to a record level of £604 per pupil.
Specifically, the Conservatives have proposed to cut the education part of the local government budget by £128,350,430, equivalent to a further cut of £277 per pupil.
Wyn Williams, Welsh Lib Dem Assembly Candidate for Montgomeryshire said, “Montgomeryshire Conservatives claim to support schools across the constituency.  Meanwhile their party is planning a massive slash in the education budget.  Clearly it is impossible for the Conservatives to keep all schools open and carry out their cuts.
“It is time for the Conservatives to come clean with local people about what their budget proposals would mean for the county.
“In contrast, Welsh Liberal Democrat budget proposals do not require any savings in the schools budget.  My main priority for education in Montgomeryshire is to ensure that sixth forms are maintained in their current locations.
“I am very concerned by the latest education proposals from the Council.  The matter seems to me to have been handled inappropriately. 
“Trying to reform sixth forms, primary schools, and Welsh Medium education all at the same time is too much.

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