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Cllr Martin Wrigley: £90million Pupil Premium cut is "shameful penny pinching"

June 29, 2021 11:03 AM

Martin WrigleyResponding to the news that the Government has planned to cut Pupil Premium funding by some £90million, LiberalDemocrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Newton Abbot and County Councillor for Dawlish commented:

"Liberal Democrats warned the government months ago that the most disadvantaged children would lose out on support because of the Government's shameful penny pinching.

"We wrote to the Education Secretary urging him not to go ahead with this cut and teachers warned of the impact this would have for disadvantaged pupils - but the Government simply refused to listen. The Tories talk about the importance of levelling up in our education system, but the reality is they have cut vital funding which gives support to the poorest pupils.

"Figures released by Government last week show that children in Newton Abbot constituency, and across the whole of Devon, will lose out far more than children in other parts of the country.

"This will have a devastating impact for pupils who are recovering from months of disruption to their schooling, and comes on top of the paltry education recovery package the Government have offered.

"The Government must reverse this disgraceful, short-sighted move and backdate payments to schools for the money they have missed out on."