Will Forster

Lib Dem Spokesperson for Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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1,496 Woking pupils could benefit from Summer Learning Fund under Lib Dem plans

by willforster on 29 June, 2020

The Lib Dems have called on the Government to commit to a Summer Learning Fund that would support almost 1,500 disadvantaged children across Woking to get ready for returning to school.

Lib Dem Education Spokesperson Layla Moran, who welcomed the Government’s u-turn on free school meals, warned further action was needed to “ensure no child is left behind.”

The intervention comes after official figures published last week reveal 1,440,777 pupils across England could benefit from free school meals this summer.

The Lib Dems have now set out a package of measures to support children and open schools safely.  The Party is urging Ministers to create a Summer Learning Fund, which would give every child on free school meals free places at summer learning camps in their community.

The scheme would help groups in Woking to help pupils learn and prepare them for returning to school. Whereas, the Government’s plan would have left many vulnerable children to fall through the cracks at a time when people are really struggling.

I am grateful to Marcus Rashford and all those campaigners who have helped force the Prime Minister to rediscover his conscience, but it should never have been needed.

The Government must now work cross-party and with parents, teachers and local governments to do more.  We must ensure no child is left behind. Parents and teachers locally are concerned that pupils, especially the most disadvantaged, are not getting the education and care they need to get on in life.

That is why the Lib Dems are urging the Government to do more by combining the free school meals voucher scheme with an emergency uplift in child benefit during the crisis and a Summer Learning Fund that supports the most disadvantaged children.

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