Over 500 3-4 year-olds in Sutton would benefit from Liberal Democrat plans to triple funding for the Early Years Pupil Premium, which gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The cash would triple the founding to £1,000 per pupil per year – up from £302 in 2015-16.
This will increase the allocation for local authorities in Sutton from around £150,000 to almost £500,000, and will pay for every disadvantaged child who benefits to receive 570 hours of state-funded early education.
The Liberal Democrat manifesto launches a series of policies which include:
- ‘Rent to Own’ scheme will help people buy their first home for the same cost as renting
- Restoring housing benefit for young people
- Creating a discounted bus pass for 16-21 year olds, giving a 66% discount
- Introducing votes for 16-year olds for elections and referendums across the UK
- Investing 7bn in our schools and colleges
- Doubling the number of businesses that take apprenticeships
- Tripling the Early Years Pupil Premium
- Extending free school meals to all primary school students
Liberal Democrat candidate for Carshalton and Wallington Tom Brake said,
“We will give children in Sutton a brighter future, by investing in those from more deprived background to give them the best possible chance in life.”
“The Liberal Democrats provide a strong opposition to the Conservative cuts to local schools, hospitals and regional funding.”