Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Jane Dodds, has welcomed news that the new PDG Access fund is to be doubled.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced funding is to double from £1.7m to £3.5m in 2019-20.
Expanding the PDG was part of the agreement reached between Kirsty Williams and the First Minister.
The PDG-Access fund offers parents up to £125 and also covers equipment for activities within the curriculum, such as design and technology. Parents can also access funding for equipment for out of school hours trips, including outdoor learning.
The £3.5m boost for PDG-Access brings overall funding for the Pupil Development Grant to £97m in 2019-20. The grant is described as “invaluable” by schools and is intended to overcome additional barriers that prevent learners from disadvantaged backgrounds achieving their potential.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds commented:
The PDG is a flagship Welsh Liberal Democrat policy and I am delighted that we have had the opportunity to expand it further.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats are committed to creating a Wales where every child has the opportunity to achieve their potential and determine their own destiny, regardless of their background.
As Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams has a fantastic record of fighting disadvantage and increasing opportunities to create the education system Wales needs.