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LIB-DEMS 1p ON TAX WILL NOT SOLVE PROBLEMS IMMEDIATELY

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Liberal Democrat education spokesman Don Foster said the additional 1p on income tax to raise£2bn for extra educat...
Liberal Democrat education spokesman Don Foster said the additional 1p on income tax to raise £2bn for extra education spending would not enable the party to do everything it wished in the educational world, reported BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

'If we tried to increase it still further it would have an impact on the economy. But, yes, we will be able to very rapidly increase the availability, for example, of high quality early years education. We will very rapidly be able to raise the stocks of books and equipment in our schools and provide more support for children with special education needs.

'Those are some of the things you can do quickly. Other things will take longer'.

Mr Foster said capital works for the repair and building of schools, including nursery schools, would take a longer time.

He added Liberal Democrat policy was not just about extra resources. 'We want to get rid of, basically, the competition element that has been introduced into the education system over the last few years by this government - school against school. So what we want to do is to re-establish co-operation and that means getting rid of some of the things like league tables and the current testing arrangements.

'It means finding ways of bringing the grant maintained schools back into the family of local education authority schools'.

Although he could not promise extra pay for teachers, the party would rehabilitate them as professionals with their own professional bodies.

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