WELSH Labour have criticised Plaid Cymru’s proposals to end dedicated funding to schools in the most deprived parts of Wales if they form the next Welsh Government.
Schools with higher numbers of children eligible for free school meals qualify for a Pupil Development Grant of £1150 every year for every pupil who qualifies
Across Carmarthenshire that’s £5.6 million to help the most disadvantaged pupils.
Plaid Leader Adam Price has confirmed that this funding will end if he becomes First Minister.
Mr Price said the link between the grant and free school meals would “clearly” have to change as universal school meals was rolled out, but was unable to say what this new system would look like. On whether the link would be kept initially as the programme was expanded, the leader of Plaid Cymru said “other means” of investment would be needed, but was unable to say from where.
A Welsh Labour spokeswoman said: “Welsh Labour will protect the link to direct support for the poorest pupils because it is crucial to our mission to boost attainment. This is a headline-grabbing announcement from Plaid Cymru lacking in any thinking about the knock-on effect this would have on schools and families.”
Plaid Cymru have been contacted for a comment.