The Welsh Liberal Democrats have secured an additional £1.25m of new funding to support pupil’s mental health during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The measure was announced by Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Secretary, at the Welsh Government’s daily press briefing yesterday and is part of a package aimed at supporting pupils while schools are closed.
The additional funding of £1,252,000 will be made available to local authorities for 2020-21 to support an expansion, and the maintenance of, additional counselling staff and services.
Alongside this move the Welsh Government has also committed to continue and accelerate work to develop appropriate online learning resources to support children and young people’s learning during the lockdown.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Secretary Kirsty Williams AM said:
“The current Covid-19 crisis impacts not only the physical health of our children and young people, but their emotional and mental wellbeing too.
“With schools closed for the foreseeable future, many are left worrying about the impact on their education, about their exams and with the stress of having to stay indoors for long periods.
“It’s vital we ensure we support our children at this difficult time, and that is what this additional funding and package of measures aims to do.”
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:
"We are living in unprecedented and uncertain times due to Covid-19. Despite this, we must ensure that our children and young people are supported, both emotionally and in terms of their education, while this pandemic continues.
“That is what the Welsh Liberal Democrats are committed to doing and why I am so proud of the work Kirsty is doing. She is overhauling our education system, developing new online learning resources and investing the money needed to deliver emotional and wellbeing support for our children.
“This highlights the transformative impact Welsh Liberal Democrats can have on Government policy and on people’s lives. It is because of this we will never stop fighting to reset Wales and build that fairer society which we all want to live in.”