Dumbarton constituency MSP, Jackie Baillie, has said that the SNP Government has failed to protect schools from Tory austerity as new analysis shows a huge fall in per pupil funding since 2010.

Analysis of the Local Government Benchmarking Framework by Scottish Labour has revealed that real terms spending per primary pupil has fallen by £437 per head since 2010/11, and £266 per head for secondary pupils.

The analysis by Scottish Labour includes the additional spending commitments made by Nicola Sturgeon since she became First Minister, such as the Pupil Equity Fund and the Scottish Attainment Challenge Fund. This shows that these policies don’t come close to reversing the cuts that preceded them.

Jackie said:

“The SNP Government have turned Holyrood into a conveyer belt for passing on Tory austerity by failing to protect spending on Scotland’s pupils.

“In order to give our young people the best chance to get on in life we need to invest in schools. It is clear that cutting funding won’t help close the attainment gap with overworked teachers facing increasing class sizes.

“A Scottish Labour government would make the richest pay their fair share to invest in our pupils, teachers and schools to make Scotland a world leader in education once again.”

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