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Last month the Welsh Assembly voted through its final budget for public services in Wales for the 2014-15 financial year. At £15 billion or so that is a substantial amount of money, the vast majority of which will be going to health and, through local councils to education and social services.
Because the Government does not have a majority they are forced to work with other parties to get the budget through and this year the Welsh Liberal Democrats got together with Plaid Cymru to negotiate a substantial £100 million package that will benefit both our local schools and the health service.
The Pupil Deprivation Grant was created in 2012 following a budget deal between the Welsh Government and the Welsh Liberal Democrats. It is designed to give schools more money to help children from deprived backgrounds.
As a result of the latest agreement with the Welsh Labour Government, in exchange for supporting the Welsh Government's annual budget, the Pupil Deprivation Grant, has more than doubled.
From 2014 schools will receive £918 for every pupil entitled to free school meals. As a result, schools in Bridgend will receive an additional £3.706m, thanks to the Welsh Liberal Democrats.