James at the Fife College Campus in Dunfermline

James at the Fife College Campus in Dunfermline

James Calder is backing the Scottish Liberal Democrat plan for a penny in education. This will me that those with the means to afford it will pay 1p in the pound more to boost education funding in Scotland by almost £500 million. After years of underfunding under the SNP Government, James feels this will have a great benefit to schools and colleges in the local area.

James has commented, “With family and friends of mine working in the education sector, I know fully well how badly underfunded these have become as a direct result of the poor funding settlement that our Councils, including Fife, have received from the SNP after its Council Tax freeze policy. College places have been cut, schools closed and there has been increased pressure on those working in the education profession. Something must be done.”

Our proposal is that we will invest in our children’s future by having those who can afford it to pay a 1p in the pound rise in income tax. This will raise the money we need to pay for increased childcare, a Pupil Premium to help disadvantaged pupils, more for our schools and also increased college places. This will pay dividends in the future and ensure a world class education service in Scotland which the SNP have been putting at risk.”

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and list Candidate for Mid Scotland and Fife Willie Rennie also mentioned, “To be the best again Scottish education needs transformational investment. The Liberal Democrats have been crystal clear about our plans to use the tax powers of the Scottish Parliament to achieve investment of £475m in our education system.”

You can read more about the Scottish Liberal Democrat Education plans here.