11 February 2020

Scottish Labour’s analysis of new data released by the Improvement Service’s Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF) has revealed that, 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.

In addition to this, figures reveal that in 2018-19, while 35% of all pupils across Scotland achieved five or more Higher awards, only 18% of pupils from the most deprived areas achieved this.

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 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.

“Last week’s SNP budget which proposes to cuts local council services yet again entirely fails to give councils the resources they need to restore school spending.

“It is time to end the cuts to education by properly investing in Scotland’s local councils. It is time for change, it’s time for investment.”
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