The Tory-led government has cut the Early Intervention Grant that Derbyshire County Council receives to provide education along with a whole range of other services for Derbyshire’s youngest children.
The grant has been reduced by £6.3 million which Derbyshire Labour warns will leave the county’s children paying the price for the banker’s mess and the government’s economic failure.
Cllr Kevin Gillott, the Deputy Leader of Derbyshire County Council and cabinet member for children and young people, today commented on the cuts:
“It is completely wrong for this coalition government to have cut the education grant that we need to educate our youngest and most deprived children. The grant meant we could give these children the best possible start in life but that basic opportunity has been stolen from them.”
Derbyshire Labour have found that intervening early in the education of our youngest children really makes the difference and means that they are much more able to communicate, listen, learn and understand when they get older.
However, the cut in funding now means that fewer children will be able to receive this early boost in their education.
Kevin went on to say:
“We want a Fair Deal for Derbyshire which means giving our children the best education whether they are lucky enough to be born into a wealthy home or a poor home. It is typical of the Tories to take money from one group of children and give it to another and claim credit for making a new service when in reality is simply another cut.
It is not right that they can give millionaires a tax cut yet not provide our children with a good start to life.”