Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin backs Bill to boost investment in disadvantaged pupils

Dudley MP Ian Austin is supporting a new Bill that would boost investment in pupils from low income families.

Pupils from low income families currently qualify for free school meals and extra investment in their school through the Pupil Premium, but recent research has revealed that up to 38% of disadvantaged children miss out because they have not been registered.

Austin is now backing a Bill that would automatically register children from low income families without the need for parents to fill out an application form.

The change would guarantee hundreds of children a hot meal every day and secure hundreds of thousands of pounds in additional funding towards their education.

Austin has been campaigning to make education and skills the number one priority in Dudley and drive up standards in local schools, helping schools like Ellowes Hall and Bishop Milner improve facilities.

Ian Austin said:

“I keep saying we need to make education and skills Dudley’s number one priority to attract new businesses and jobs to replace the ones that we’ve lost.

“Standards are rising but too few local young people are getting good grades, taking apprenticeships and going to the best universities.

“I think young people in Dudley can do just as well as anyone else, so I’ll be backing this Bill to ensure that local schools have the funding they need to support pupils and improve results in places like Dudley.”

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