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.
Nick Clegg said:
"Any parent knows that a child starts learning from the moment they are born and carries on learning all the way into adulthood.
"My vision is of an education system that starts early and keeps children engaged all the way through.
"That's why I believe we need to go further than the current protections for our schools.
"I can announce today that in the next parliament, Liberal Democrats will protect the full education budget, covering children from the age of 2 to the age of 19 - from cradle to college."
"Money invested in our children is the best investment of all because education really can transform lives.
"We believe education should be properly funded because education is the very core of a liberal society."
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