More than 1,000 3-4 year-olds in Camden would benefit from Liberal Democrat plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, a policy originally introduced by the party while in government, which gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
It forms part of a series of Liberal Democrat policies with a focus on giving children and young people a brighter future.
- Helping people buy their first home for the same cost as renting, with a new model of ‘Rent to Own’ homes
- Restoring housing benefit for young people
- Creating a discounted bus pass for 16-21 year olds, giving a 66% discount
- Introducing votes at 16 for elections and referendums across the UK
As well as:
- Investing almost £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
Stephen Crosher, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Holborn and St Pancras, said:
"The pupil premium has been a huge success for schools, enabling them to target resources to pupils who need it most and bring them into the fold of inclusive education.
“As a parent of two young children in Camden primary schools and a member of the board of governors, I’m very conscious of the positive effect that the pupil premium is already having, and I believe tripling it to £1000 will allow schools to do even more on the ground.
“The enhanced pupil premium coupled with other Liberal Democrat measures such as the extension of free primary school meals and the £7bn proposed investment in schools and colleges will make a huge difference to young people's lives and their lifelong prospects in Holborn and St Pancras, as well as across London and the UK.
“The Lib Dem vision is completely opposite to that of the Conservatives, who propose extensive cuts and increased segregation"
Kirsty Allan, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, said:
“Today’s announcement demonstrates that the Liberal Democrats are firmly committed to giving all children and young people the best opportunity to succeed.
“The tripling of early years pupil premium funding, along with the full package of our education plans, will help those pupils most in need, while making sure our schools across Camden are properly funded and get the support they deserve.
“This shows a stark contrast in visions for the future. The Conservative government’s cuts, along with their plans for new grammar schools and to expand free schools, are divisive and will disproportionately help the well off. The Liberal Democrats have made it clear that they will stand up against these plans and protect our local schools to the benefit of all students.”