Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate in Woking, Deputy Mayor of Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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Lib Dems announce £1.6 million to give children in Surrey a brighter future

by willforster on 17 May, 2017

1,860 3-4 year-olds in Surrey would benefit from Lib Dem plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, with gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The cash would triple the funding to £1,000 per pupil per year – up from £302 in 2015-16.  This will increase the allocation for local authorities in the Surrey County Council area from £535,845 to £1,607,535, and will pay for every disadvantaged child who benefits to receive 570 hours of state-funded early education.

It forms part of a series of policies we are announcing ahead of launching our manifesto, with a focus on giving children and young people a brighter future.

These include:
– 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

We will give children in Woking a brighter future, by investing in those from more deprived backgrounds to give them the best possible chance in life.  This forms part of a package to build a fairer Britain and ensure no child or young person is left behind.

The Lib Dems and I want to provide a strong opposition to this Conservative Government and stand up against cuts to local schools, hospitals and local government funding.  A vote for the Lib Dems is a vote for a brighter future for people across Woking.

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