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Budget benefits from Welsh Liberal Democrats influence Seaside News

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This year’s Assembly budget process has been particularly difficult.  That is a consequence of the austerity measures that the UK Government has had to adopt so as to rebalance the budget

Because Labour does not have a majority they needed to do a deal with the Welsh Liberal Democrats. We secured major investment amounting to £223m over two years:

An increase in the Pupil Deprivation Grant: in 2015/16 each school will receive £1,050 for every pupil eligible to receive free schools meals, increasing to £1,150 for 2016/17;

The Pupil Deprivation Grant will be extended to under-5s, worth £300 per pupil on free school meals;

A Youth Travellers Concessionary Fare Scheme’ for 16-18 year olds worth nearly £15m;

Extra childcare investment for further education students in Wales who are parents through a pilot scheme promoted by the National Union of Students;

Funding for around 5,000 new apprenticeships;

£95m capital investment in infrastructure that will provide a strong boost to jobs and the economy;

Our priority has always been to build a stronger economy and a fairer society, enabling opportunity for all – and that is exactly what our achievements in this budget are helping to deliver.

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