10 February 2020

Scottish Labour’s analysis of new data released by the Improvement Service’s Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF) has revealed the scale of cuts to school level education.

Despite increases in expenditure over recent years, cuts that have been made across primary and secondary education since 2010-11 are still staggering.

The real terms cumulative lack of investment over the past decade totals over £350 million for primary education and over £1 billion for secondary.

This has directly affected pupils – in real terms, children in primary school had an average of £288 less spent on their education in 2018-19 compared to their counterparts in 2010-11. Those in secondary school had £129 less invested in them, comparing the same period.

Expenditure includes the Pupil Equity Fund, designed to close the poverty related attainment gap, showing that this policy does not adequately address cuts to core budgets.

Data from the LGBF also shows that the percentage of adults satisfied with local schools has decreased by more than 10 percentage points since 2010-14.

Scottish Labour Education Spokesperson, Iain Gray MSP, said :

“The SNP have been in power for 13 years and in that time we have seen massive disinvestment in education and a continuing decline in the quality of education in Scotland.

“As the PISA results have shown, trying to do education on the cheap leads only to a collapse in standards.

“The young people of Scotland deserve better.

"That is why, at this year’s budget, Scottish Labour is calling for a fair deal for local councils that will help to end the cuts to education by providing local authorities with the resources they need.
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