£1.24 billion boost for young people in Wales to end Welsh Labour underfunding

£1.24 billion boost for young people in Wales to end Welsh Labour underfunding

Following the announcement that the UK Conservative Government will boost education spending by £14 billion in England over the next three years, the Welsh Labour Government will receive £1.24 billion in extra spending directly for primary and secondary schools.

Paul Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, commented:

“The Welsh Conservatives are committed to ensuring that every young person in Wales has the opportunity of a decent education, to give them the best start in life, so that they can achieve their full potential.

“I would urge the Welsh Labour Government – and their Lib Dem Education Minister – to make sure that the funding goes directly to primary and secondary schools and is not top-sliced as it is currently.”

Suzy Davies AM, Welsh Conservative Shadow Education Minister, added:

“For years pupils in Wales have been underfunded by this Labour-led Welsh Government by the tune of £645 per pupil compared to young people across the border.

“Instead of tackling the issues in our Welsh education system that have been failing our young people, for twenty years Welsh Labour have blamed someone else. This increase in funding will ensure that there is no place for the Welsh Government to hide, no longer able to blame austerity for their mistakes, they will need to take the decisive action that our young people need to ensure that they and their schools get the funding they deserve.”