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‘Pupil Deprivation Grant is hugely important in breaking the link between poverty and attainment’ – Aled Roberts AM

2013 Tachwedd 26 5:10 PM

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's debate on the Pupil Deprivation Grant, Aled Roberts AM has highlighted the importance of the grant in breaking the link between poverty and attainment.

In 2011, as part of a deal with the Welsh Government on their annual budget, the Welsh Liberal Democrats secured extra money to go towards schools throughout Wales. This year they further enhanced that money, meaning that schools will receive £918 per child on free school meals.

Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Education, said:

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats have been consistent in calling for more support for Wales' poorest children. It was a manifesto commitment and I am delighted that we have made it a reality.

"We can be in no doubt that this extra money for schools would not exist if it were not for the Welsh Liberal Democrats. Our recent schools survey showed how students from poorer backgrounds are benefiting from this important Welsh Liberal Democrat policy.

"The Welsh Labour government has a shocking record with regards to education in Wales. In particular they have failed huge amounts of pupils from poorer backgrounds. Alan Milburn, a former Labour UK cabinet minister, recently published a report showing that pupils eligible for free school meals in England are 50% more likely to obtain five good GCSEs than their counterparts in Wales. That is a disgrace and the Welsh Labour government should hang their heads in shame. The Welsh Liberal Democrats are ensuring that poorer students in Wales are now getting the extra support that they need."