Cash boost for disadvantaged Northumberland families

Julie Porksen.
Julie Porksen.

Nearly £220,000 is to be spent helping three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families in Northumberland.

Nurseries and schools will be free to choose how to spend the money, which is part of a £50million Government pot.

Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school.

But from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium - which has been backed by groups like Barnardo’s, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group - will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Julie Pörksen said: “By investing £219,276 in Northumberland to help the most disadvantaged three and four-year-olds, Liberal Democrats are ensuring that children are getting the best possible start in life.

“All the evidence shows that helping children as early as possible is key to making sure they do not fall behind. That is why this announcement is fantastic news for children. This is all part of creating a fairer society and opportunity for everyone.”

MP for Berwick Sir Alan Beith added: “Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, whatever their background. Liberal Democrats in government have already extended free early years education for all children in Northumberland. Now this cash boost will mean extra support for those children who need it most.”