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£1bn DUP deal could have paid for 17 teachers in Nottingham - Barry Holliday

June 27, 2017 6:13 PM

£1bn DUP deal could have paid for 17 teachers in Nottingham says Barry Holliday

The government's £1bn deal with the DUP could have paid for at least one extra teacher for every secondary school across the UK, including 17 more teachers in Nottingham, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

Official figures show there are 4,169 state-funded secondary schools in the UK and that the average cost of employing a teacher is £44,500. This means if the additional £1bn had been distributed evenly among the UK's schools, each would receive £240,000, enough to hire one additional teacher over the next five years.

This would have meant an additional £3.8m of spending on schools in Nottingham, enough to hire 17 teachers, or more than one extra teacher for every secondary school in the area.

Local Liberal Democrat and former teacher, Barry Holliday commented:

"The £1 billion Theresa May has spent on her deal with the DUP could have been spent employing 17 extra secondary school teachers in Nottingham.

"When it comes to the Tories clinging to power, it seems the magic money tree does exist after all.

"This simply won't wash with parents in Nottingham seeing their schools lay off teachers as a result of crippling cuts.

"The Conservatives must start investing more in our schools and not just on keeping Theresa May in Downing Street."