Last week I met with the National Education Union who were able to provide me with figures that showed the UK Government had cut funding to Wales by £59million since 2015.
The Secretary of State completely fails to understand the impact of his government’s decisions for Wales. His response underpinned my point. The cuts from the UK Government to Wales has resulted in lower per pupil funding.
When I met with the National Education Union they told me that 42% of schools in Delyn have suffered UK Government cuts to per pupil funding since 2015. This has resulted in an annual funding shortfall from 2015/16 – 2018/19 of £704,782.
This week I met with the National Education Union this week in Parliament to hear what more the UK Government could do to support education in Wales.
Although education budgets are set by the Welsh Government their funding is determined by the UK Government. Figures given to me at the meeting demonstrated that 42% of schools in Delyn have suffered UK Government cuts to per pupil funding since 2015. This has resulted in an annual funding shortfall from 2015/16 – 2018/19 of £704,782.
The Welsh Government needs sufficient resources to support every school to succeed. There needs to be adequate money in the pot from Westminster to properly fund schools in Wales. Read more “Westminster funding for Wales”
I am encouraging community groups to apply for a share of the new £1 million Co-op funding announced this week.
Welsh groups can secure grants of up to £10,000 to explore enterprising ideas that could contribute to a more sustainable future for their community space. Funding could support feasibility costs, technical or legal fees and, projects which test and explore new ideas. Eligible organisations must engage local people and support the environment, and applications close at noon on Friday, 21 June.
In addition, interest-free loans of up to £50,000 are available to organisations to grow more established business ideas. Loans are usually repaid within five years with no need to make repayments in the first year. Some organisations could be eligible for a further grant dependent upon circumstances.
For more information about The Co-op Foundation, and details of how to apply to the new fund, visit www.coopfoundation.org.uk
I know of a number of community groups in Delyn that could benefit from this new funding. Our parks, woodlands and community playing fields need regular funding to ensure that they meet the needs of residents. This funding would be a boon to any group in Delyn that wanted to expand its services or make improvements to their facilities.
The Co-Op has been defending our communities since its inception over 175 years ago. I welcome them now continuing their work on issues that protect our natural environment. Delyn can boast some of the most breath-taking natural landscapes in the world. The funding that is available to groups in the constituency will not only improve people’s lives but our environment.
I urge all people to investigate if this funding would help their community organisation grow and support their neighbourhoods.
I am asking community groups and local charities Delyn to think about what they could do with up to £20,000 this year.
Charities and community groups can apply to receive grants of between £500 and £20,000 raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Between 14 and 28 February 2018, charities are being urged to submit an expression of interest in the funding, which requires basic details about the organisation, as well as a very short description of the project they are proposing. Read more “CHARITY FUNDING OPPORTUNITY”