Lib Dems announce £1.2m to give Lewisham children a better start

1,357 three and four-year-olds in Lewisham would benefit from Liberal Democrat plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, which gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school reception classes 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 Lewisham education from around £391,000 to £1,173,000, 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 Liberal Democrat policies that 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

Bobby Dean, the Liberal Democrats’ Parliamentary Candidate for Lewisham Deptford, said:

“The earliest years are some of the most important years in a person’s life. That’s why the Liberal Democrats are committed to supporting young children – and particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

By tripling funding for the early years pupil premium, we’d give children in Lewisham the opportunities they deserve.”

Emily Frith, our candidate for Lewisham East, added:

“The Conservatives’ policies – including their policy for an Extreme Brexit – will risk our children’s futures.

“I’m proud that my own party, the Liberal Democrats, is offering real opposition to this. Our manifesto extends support to the children and young people who need it most.”

John Russell, our candidate for Lewisham West and Penge, said:

“I’m delighted to see that the Lib Dem manifesto contains real and sustainable commitments for young people in Lewisham. Our emphasis on early years education is particularly pleasing.

“Early years education is the foundation upon which many social and emotional skills are based. This extra funding is crucial for improving outcomes for our children.”


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