Lib Dems to protect education budget from cradle to college

The Liberal Democrats will protect the full education budget in the next parliament, Nick Clegg announced today at his monthly press conference.

Currently funding is protected for children aged between 5 and 16, but Lib Dems would ringfence education spending for 2 to 19-year-olds.

This means that an extra £10billion of education spending would be protected based on this financial year, rising with inflation. 

This fits in with last week's anouncement that the Liberal Democrat manifesto will include a commitment to every child being taught a core curriculum by a properly qualified teacher.

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