Liberal Democrats demand support for disadvantaged children referring to Charlie Chaplin

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2nd Oct 2023 | Opinion

Lib Dem candidate Alastair Mitton speaking at the national Lib Dem conference (credit: Gary Malcolm).
Lib Dem candidate Alastair Mitton speaking at the national Lib Dem conference (credit: Gary Malcolm).

Pupil Premium Plus is additional educational funding given to schools or virtual schools for children who are 'looked after' or in care, plus children previously looked-after.

In a moving speech Alastair Mitton, Liberal Democrat candidate for Ealing Central and Acton, told the national Liberal Democrat Conference that there are 130,000 children living in temporary accommodation and that it is a traumatic experience that has terrible consequences for their education.

Alastair Mitton highlighted the plight of an Ealing family of 5 with the eldest child in primary school who were put into a hotel in Heston. The journey to and from school takes over an hour with a substantial walk at either end. Alastair said that the child's education was understandably suffering.

Alastair Mitton said: "Children eligible for Pupil Premium Plus support will at least start to level the playing field.

"I reminded the conference that Charlie Chaplin was in a children's home in Ealing as a young child, only about a mile away from where he lives and said that of course he's an example of a kid who did make it, but for every Charlie Chaplin there are hundreds of thousands who aren't so lucky.

"The Liberal Democrats are sending a message loud and clear that Liberal Democrats care about those at the bottom of the hill, those who just need a little helping hand when they are little."

For the 2020/21 financial year, schools received £1,455 per eligible child in primary education and £1,035 at secondary for pupil premium plus.


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