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Schools must stay priority

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 24, 2012

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THIS time last year the Liberal Democrats secured £3 million to reduce the impact of poverty on educational attainment in Swansea.

This money was the condition the party laid down in exchange for its support of the Labour Welsh Government's budget.

A child is less likely to be entered for let alone obtain qualifications in secondary school if previous generations of their family didn't either.

If spent and targeted wisely, this £3 million would make a genuine difference.

I would like to see Swansea Council go the extra mile. Extra lunchtime or after-school help or reduced ratio classes could be given to children to get that vital first maths or English C grade GCSE and break that family mould. This in turn would give their children a raised family benchmark and new hope. The Labour council claims tackling poverty is high on its agenda. This is an ideal opportunity to put these fine words into practice.

I would hope they set up a cross-party board of councillors to go into schools to look for innovative ways in which money is being used to make a difference.

This is an opportunity for Swansea to shine and lead the way in tackling the effects of poverty. It would be a shame if this hard fought for initiative didn't have any impact because local Labour politicians couldn't be bothered to show an interest.

Peter May

Finsbury Terrace, Brynmill,


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  • Nubbo  |  November 25 2012, 11:11AM

    In the 2008 Elections,Peter MAY,told Upland's resident's, his campaign has " Saved" the St, Helen's Rec from development for Executive homes. Will the "Saviour of the Rec".... Peter May, be so kind, to update the reader's of the E-Post, on how things have progressed since 2008 in his campaign regarding the registration of the Rec as an "Village Green " status ? Next Year, The registration of Village Green's will be abolished under a new Tory policy.

  • sochat  |  November 24 2012, 8:50PM

    Poor poor neathboy cant afford to service his four bedroom house.

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  • GretaCarbo  |  November 24 2012, 7:48PM

    Is the writer talking about the same LibDems who are in coalition with the Tories and don't seem to give a damn about anyone? Nothing to see here: http://tinyurl.com/cesfvoy

  • Neathboy234  |  November 24 2012, 3:42PM

    Peter May seems to think £3 million goes a long long way. perhaps he could come to my house to help with a few of my bills.

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  • bennyhill4  |  November 24 2012, 10:06AM

    Fine words Mr May,but like most of the lib/dems who were kicked out in the last election you seem to come up with these ideas about 8 years too late. Pity you'r record in office did'nt match those ideas then

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  • Sandson  |  November 24 2012, 9:58AM

    This is the guy who originally voted to close Dylan Thomas school then changed his mind when local opposition grew too strong. Does he really think he and his party have the trust of Swansea voters when it comes to education spending?

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