The Coalition Government has today announced how much Pupil Premium money each school in England will receive in 2013/14.
The cash targets extra money to schools depending on the number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds they have. The Pupil Premium is a major Liberal Democrat priority that is being delivered by the Coalition Government.
The Pupil Premium will be worth a total of £1.65bn, or £900 per child, in 2013/14. It covers any primary or secondary school pupil that has been registered for Free School Meals in the past six years.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat Schools Minister, David Laws said:
“Liberal Democrats are building a strong economy and a fair society where everyone can get ahead. Education is absolutely at the heart of that.
“The Pupil Premium is extra support for the children who need it the most, whether it is catch-up classes, one-to-one tuition, extra IT support – whatever the school thinks best.
“Helping the most disadvantaged children helps every child. Fewer children falling behind means less disruption in class and a better education for everyone.”
You can find details of how much each local school in England will gain from the Lib Dem Pupil Premium, by visiting this website: http://bit.ly/TyVK6D
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Green Deal – Update
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The government’s aim is to create a social care system that is modern and comprehensive, fair and sustainable.
- No more ‘clock-watching’ homecare visits
- New rights for the UK’s five million carers to be enshrined in law
- ‘National eligibility threshold’ will finally remove current ‘postcode lotteries’
- £200 million investment in specially-adapted housing for older and disabled people
- New code of conduct and national minimum training standards to put dignity and respect at the core of care training
- Doubling available training and apprenticeships to create 100,000 new care workers by 2017
- £300 million to be invested in better integration of care & support between social care and the NHS
- More clear and practical information for families and making it easier to report bad care
- £3.8 million investment to stop army veterans having to use injury compensation to pay for care
- Encouraging people into work by excluding earned income from residential care charges
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After 100 years of promises, papers, reports and Commissions, it is time for the government to take action and deliver a truly democratic second-chamber. There is no excuse nor justification for half of our parliament being appointed at the whim of party leaders to lifetime terms of office – an arrangement that we share in common with Belize, Burkina Faso, and Jordan. There is no excuse for supporting a system that allows some lawmakers to inherit their office – an arrangement that we currently share only with Lesotho. There is no excuse for more than half of Great Britain’s lawmakers to sit in Parliament without an electoral mandate from the public. It is an affront to democracy and it has to end.
Speaking to the Electoral Reform Society, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander revealed some startling facts about the larger half of the UK Parliament:
- More than 25% of Lords are ex-MP’s
- 70% owe their place to a party political appointment
- 50% of the House come from London and the South East alone
- Only 20% are women
- 40% trace their educational backgrounds to just 12 private schools
The current House of Lords clearly does not reflect the country it helps to govern.
As Liberal Democrats, we want to see all lawmakers hold their place in parliament only through the will of the British people as expressed in free and fair elections. Whilst only 80% of the Lords will be elected under this reform, this will still be the greatest step forward for our politics since the final extension of the franchise to all women in 1928. Those who would make the perfect the enemy of the good – opposing reform in the name of a 100% elected Lords – are just as conservative as the ermined defenders of unearned privilege sat in the second-chamber today.
We have campaigned for an elected House of Lords for over 100 years, and we will continue the fight for as long as it takes. Every man and woman in Britain is within touching distance of living in a truly democratic state for the first time in our lives. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we should all seize with both hands.
More information about the Fix Parliament campaign can be found on their Facebook page.
Last week, Lib Dem Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable announced sweeping changes to the way in which top-level executives have their pay and bonuses decided. This change, described by the government as the ‘most comprehensive reforms of the governance framework for directors’ remuneration in a decade’, will:
- Give company shareholders binding votes on both executive-pay policy and exit payments (the amount of money an executive receives if they resign or leave their contract early)
- Boost transparency – allowing the link between pay and performance to be clearly drawn
- Ensure that the reforms have a lasting impact by keeping the shareholders in the driving seat and maintaining their recent boardroom activism
At the launch of the new Draft Bill on energy, Liberal Democrat Secretary of State of Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey, writes:
Over the next decade, around a fifth of existing power plants are due to close, against a background of increased energy demand and increasing prices. We need new investment simply to keep the lights on.
But more than that, we need a clean energy revolution to meet our ambitious climate change goals and make this the greenest government ever.
That’s why I am bringing forward a new Energy Bill today.
You can read more about our clean energy revolution here.
We also need to transform our energy market to reduce the risk and cost of low carbon technologies.
That’s what our Bill does.
The UK is fast becoming a world leader in renewable energy, especially in off shore wind. I want us to lead the world in Carbon Capture and Storage too.
And we are also tackling rising energy bills. Without reforming the energy market bills will rise by around £200 in the coming years. Our reforms will mean bills are around 4% lower than they otherwise would have been.
Going green is good for the economy, good for Britain and good for you.
Ed Davey MP
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
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