Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats saw their motion on the school funding crisis, unanimously pass the chamber, with all councillors recognising the loss of more than £11 million of real term funding cuts.
Following a truncated debate, after a Conservative attempt to filibuster the motion off the day’s agenda, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson and Cllr Colin Hay brought the motion forward, before accepting the Conservative’s amendments.
The motion was subsequently unanimously passed.
Speaking after the vote, Cllr Hodgkinson said:
“As this unanimously passed motion makes clear, Gloucestershire’s schools have lost more than £11 million in real terms funding since 2015. This is a scandal, with the stark numbers making clear how much the government’s austerity has damaged our county’s children, with £147 pupils lost per pupil.
“I am pleased that this council will be pushing the Secretary of State to address this lack of funding at the 2019 Spending Review.”
Cllr Hay added:
“I am delighted that Gloucestershire’s Conservatives have finally acknowledged what has been known by professional educators for years, that the Conservative austerity cuts are hurting the educational chances of our county’s children.
“The Liberal Democrats will make sure that the Conservatives are good to their word, and make strong representations to the national government calling for real terms funding increases to arrest the massive cuts to our schools.”