South Wales West Liberal Democrats Assembly Member, Peter Black and fellow Liberal Democrat Assembly Members have secured a £106m two year funding boost for less well-off children.
In exchange for allowing the Welsh Government’s budget to pass,schools in Bridgend will now receive over £3.7 million extra, schools in Neath Port Talbot will receive £3.990 million and schools in Swansea will receive £5.764 million in the next financial year thanks to the Welsh Liberal Democrats.
Primary schools in Bridgend receiving over £70,000 extra in the next financial year include Penybont Primary, Pil Primary, Plasnewydd Primary and Caerau Primary. Amongst the Comprehensive Schools to benefit, Maesteg Comprehensive and Brynteg Comprehensive will each receive over £200,000 extra.
Primary schools in Neath Port Talbot receiving over £80,000 extra in the next financial year include Gnoll Primary, Glanymor Primary, Sandfields Primary, Tywyn Primary, and Coedffranc Primary. Amongst the Comprehensive Schools to benefit, Sandfields Comprehensive and Cwmtawe Comprehensive will each receive over £200,000 extra.
Primary schools in Swansea receiving over £80,000 extra in the next financial year include Townhill Primary School, Clwyd Community School, Cwmglas Primary School, YGG Tirdeunaw, Trallwn Primary School, and Gwyrosydd Primary School. Amongst the Comprehensive Schools to benefit, Cefn Hengoed, Dylan Thomas, Bishop Vaughan and Pentrehafod will each receive over £270,000 extra.
The money will be given to schools as part of the Pupil Deprivation Grant which is a flagship Liberal Democrat policy introduced by the Party in their first budget deal with Labour’s Welsh Government in 2012.
Every school will receive £1,050 for every pupil who has free school meals next year. In 2016 that figure will be increased by £100 to £1,150 per pupil.
The Pupil Deprivation Grant gives additional funding to help disadvantaged children get a fair start in life. It is strictly monitored by the Welsh Government to make sure that the money is spent on giving less well-off pupils a fairer start.
As part of the budget deal, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have also secured a £3.8m extension to the Pupil Deprivation Grant to include children under the age of 5. This will be worth £300 per pupil.
"The Welsh Liberal Democrats secured this extra money in 2012 to give less well-off pupils a fair start and I am delighted that we have managed to increase it once again," said Peter Black, who negotiated the deal.
"Schools in Bridgend will now receive over £3.7 million extra, schools in Neath Port Talbot will receive £3.990 million and schools in Swansea will receive £5.764 million in the next financial year thanks to the Welsh Liberal Democrats.
"I’m also pleased that 12,500 Welsh nursery children under the age of 5 will now benefit. The aim is to make sure that every child has a fair start when they begin their formal education.
"Too often children from poorer backgrounds fall behind in school even at an early age so this Welsh Liberal Democrat policy is designed to tackle inequalities in our education system."