Disadvantaged primary school pupils in Dorset and Poole to receive £15.53 million boost

Disadvantaged primary school pupils in Dorset and Poole are set to receive £15.53 million (Dorset £11.19m; Poole £4.34m) to boost attainment, the Liberal Democrats have announced.

The pupil premium funding for 2015/16 will help teachers support those children at most risk of falling behind their colleagues.It means primary schools will receive £1,320 for every pupil who has registered for free school meals at any time in the last six years.

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Vikki discovers how Free School Meals are helping our children reach their potential

Watch Lib Dem candidate Vikki Slade find out how the Liberal Democrat policy for Free School Meals is helping our children to reach their full potential by visiting a school in Canford Heath.


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Vikki, Annette and the local Lib Dems answer questions on Wimborne Square

Annette Brooke MP and the Mid Dorset and North Poole Lib Dems hosted an event on Wimborne Square to introduce local residents to Prospective MP Vikki Slde.

Amongst discussions with local residents were the cuts to rural bus services, the future of the Allendale Community Centre and a petition to reduce the speed limit on Rushall Lane. Vikki and Annette also addressed wider issues such as the rising cost of living and the record breaking increase in the number of apprenticeships.

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Unemployment down in Mid Dorset and North Poole

Thanks to the help of the Lib Dems in government, businesses have been able to create a million new jobs nationally, including over 15,000 in Dorset and Poole. 

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Vikki receives praise during Bedroom Tax debate

The Liberal Democrats have taken the first step in reforming the Bedroom Tax by winning a crucial vote in Parliament. Lib Dem MP, Andrew George presented the Affordable Housing Bill to the House of Commons and following an intense three hour debate, the Lib Dems triumphed. 

During the debate Tim Farron MP praised Mid Dorset and North Poole's Prospective MP Vikki Slade for campaigning for reforms to the bedroom tax. Tim commented "Vikki has led the way in the Liberal Democrats with objecting to the unfairness of the Bedroom Tax; her motion to conference showed she really listened to people and is on their side in developing a fair and sensible policy."

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