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.
Finsbury Terrace, Brynmill,