My Facebook feed is on fire, with less than 24 hours to go before the next election, I can see strong arguments being presented left, right and centre – for and against all parties. There is debate, sometimes feisty, but at least it shows people care – and want to help shape the future of our nation.
For me, most people would realise I am a Labour supporter with Conservative and Liberal Democrat supporting friends.
Because for me, my focuses on this election are on the NHS and education, two public services that I interact heavily with everyday. Both of which are being squeezed beyond belief.
Under the current government, my kids primary school has already has 13% of their funding cut, with more promised.
I don’t want that for my kids.
Take 30 seconds today to have a look at this video on school cuts.
Be prepared that the figure of 2.8 billion loss is quite a shocker.
£8.9bn will be slashed from schools budget by 2022
The Conservative manifesto commitment will mean £1bn funding for schools. This would result in an £8.9 billion real terms cut, when taking into account inflation and growing pupil numbers, between now and 2021/22.
The pledged £1bn would not in any case be new money – it is to be funded by cutting infant school free meals and other spending commitments. I don’t object to paying for school meals, but I object to the £8.9 million cut – loudly!
To get individual breakdowns of what school/college budgets will look like under the main parties use www.schoolcuts.org.uk . Simply enter your postcode and click on the schools in the area to get a breakdown of what a Conservative, Labour or Liberal Democrat government would mean for children and young people. I have done mine and I am happy with where my vote is going tomorrow.
Tomorrow it is time to vote – make sure whatever your thoughts are – you actually make it to the polling station.
Featured post facts referenced from video and web link.