"Children and young people deserve the same life chances, no matter what their circumstances.

"942 schools in Wales have seen their funding cut since 2015.That's why we are campaigning against school cuts and believe funding is key.

"Schools and colleges cannot sort out the challenges faced by young people without support from other services. Austerity has hit Wales hard, and clearly the Westminster Government need to act now to improve funding. In turn, Welsh Government need to pass on money for education and ensure funding is sufficient, fair and transparent."

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School Cuts Cymru website: https://schoolcuts.cymru/

The member debate says:

Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv) - Tackling Poverty

NDM7029 John Griffiths (Newport East)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

  1. Calls on the Welsh Government to produce a tackling poverty strategy, with a detailed budget and action plan for implementation.
  2. Calls on the First Minister to clarify the areas of responsibility for tackling poverty within each ministerial portfolio.
  3. Acknowledges and drives accountability on progress made on the tackling poverty agenda.

Conference Cymru Motion 23:

Motion 23 – Child Poverty & Homelessness

Conference Cymru calls upon NEU Cymru and the Executive via the Wales Committee to put pressure on the Welsh Government to:

  1. Increase the Pupil Development Grant
  2. Work towards every child in Wales having a free school meal and breakfast every day
  3. Recognise that schools alone cannot overcome the links between child poverty and low achievement
  4. Give emphasis to a range of out of school and community-based services that can support these young people
  5. Increase support for pre-school children and families through more Flying Start programmes
  6. Provide schools urgently with more resources such as Counselling Services to deal with children who are traumatised by the effects of poverty such as being made homeless.