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Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru


Welsh Liberal Democrats deliver on key manifesto policy

2011 Rhagfyr 6 6:37 PM

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have agreed to support the Welsh Labour Government's 2012-2013 Budget on the basis of securing £32.04 million, of which £20 million is new money, for a Welsh pupil premium to reduce the impact of poverty on educational attainment.

In addition, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have been able to agree an Economic Stimulus Package of £38.9 million to be spent on a range of measures to stimulate the economy and protect jobs.

Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams, said:

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats are proud to be backing a budget today that delivers on the key Pupil Premium policy that we took to the people of Wales in May.

"When money is tight, you have to be clear about your priories.  Our priority before the election was to make sure that the most disadvantaged children in this country get the help they need.  We are supporting a budget that will make progress towards closing the education funding gap with England - starting with the poorest children. We are also backing a budget that tackles unemployment gives a welcome boost to the economy.  

"Our approach in Wales has been entirely consistent with the Liberal Democrats in London: working to find agreement with out political opponents in order to put Liberal Democrat policies into practice. Liberal Democrats have persuaded the Conservatives in England of the importance of extra funding for the most deprived children in England. We are pleased that we have now persuaded the Labour party of the same here in Wales.

"We must begin to break the link between poverty and attainment that has dogged our education system for so long. Today we have made great steps towards doing that. That is why the Welsh Liberal Democrats are proud to support the budget here today."