Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate in Galloway and West Dumfries Andrew Metcalf has laid out his party’s plan to transform education in Scotland.
The party’s plans cover four main areas: Expansion of early years education; Introduction of a Scottish Pupil Premium, which will give extra support to every classroom, paid directly to schools; Protection for Council education budgets, to support not just schools, but also the services that help children learn, like libraries, sports centres and museums; Rebuild the role of colleges back up for people who are seeking new skills.
Andrew said: “Speaking to people in the constituency it is clear that there are considerable concerns about the state of our education system under the SNP. We know that Scottish education is slipping down the international performance tables, that 150,000 college places have been lost in Scotland, that Councils have faced cuts in education spending and that one in five Scottish businesses say they can’t get the skills they need.”
“The Scottish Liberal Democrats have made a commitment to use the new powers of the Scottish Parliament to raise £475 million extra a year for education across Scotland. That would mean around £10 million of investment each year in education in Dumfries and Galloway. Of course, voters want to know how we can afford to pay for this investment in our country’s future. We will raise the rate of Scottish income tax by one pence in the pound.”