3,000+ children in
Manchester from disadvantaged backgrounds will benefit from Liberal
3,000, 3 to 4 year olds in Manchester will benefit from Liberal Democrat 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 to 2016.
This will increase the allocation for local authorities in the Manchester
from ₤888,000 to nearly than ₤2.7m 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 the Liberal Democrats are announcing
ahead of launching their manifesto, with a focus on giving children and
young people a brighter future.
► Giving 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in elections and referendums
across the UK.
► Helping people buy
their 1st home for the same cost as renting, with a new model of 'Rent
to Own' homes.
► Restoring housing
benefit for young people.
a discounted bus pass for 16 to 21 year olds, giving a 66% discount.
► 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.
Former Liberal Democrat MP and Manchester Withington candidate, John Leech,
said:- "Children and young people are at the heart of our progress. We
will give them a brighter future, by investing in those from more deprived
backgrounds to give them the best possible chance in life.
This forms part of our credible and robust plan to build a fairer country
and ensure not a single child or young person is left behind. Only the
Liberal Democrats will provide a strong opposition to this Conservative
government and stand up against cuts to local schools, Hospitals and
Jeremy Corbyn's Labour has let young people in Manchester down by voting
with Theresa May and UKIP on Brexit. The Liberal Democrats will stand up to
Theresa May and give the people the final say on Brexit, with the choice to
remain in Europe if they don't like the deal on offer."