Following last week’s announcement of a £1.24 billion education funding boost for young people in Wales, Clwyd West AM Darren Millar is urging the Welsh Government to ensure the additional cash is passed on to schools in Conwy and Denbighshire.
Last week the UK Conservative Government announced it will boost education spending by £14 billion in England over the next three years and the Welsh Labour Government will receive £1.24 billion in extra spending directly for primary and secondary schools.
Due to years of Welsh Labour underfunding, the financial situation for schools across Wales has become critical, leaving schools in Conwy and Denbighshire struggling to make ends meet. The Welsh Government has continually underfunded the local authorities in Wales, and this year Conwy County Borough Council experienced the highest percentage cut across Wales.
Darren said: “Welsh Government decisions on school funding have been negatively effecting hard working staff and the education of our youngest generation for years and the situation has been particularly bad in Conwy and Denbighshire resulting in schools having to take serious steps to balance the books.
“For years pupils in Wales have been underfunded by the Labour-led Welsh Government by the tune of £645 per pupil compared to young people across the border and here in North Wales, tens of millions have been cut from education over the last four years leaving schools trying to fund resources themselves through staff cuts which is absolutely outrageous.
“Every young person in Wales deserves to have the opportunity of a decent education, to give them the best start in life, and I would urge the Welsh Labour-led Government – and their Lib Dem Education Minister – to make sure that this latest funding is fairly shared out so that Conwy and Denbighshire, which have been underfunded for years, get what they need and deserve.”