Labour accused of ‘neglect’ after rural schools miss out on funding

Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay have been accused of ‘neglect’ after it was revealed that no small rural school in Wales appears to have benefited from hundreds of millions of pounds of capital funding.

Welsh Conservatives levelled the accusation after a councillor in West Wales received an email from a Labour Government official saying they were not aware of a rural school with fewer than 50 pupils receiving a share of the 21st Century School Programme funding.

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Education, Laura Anne Jones MS, said:

“This revelation just goes to show that the Labour-led Welsh Government is continuing to ignore and neglect rural Wales.

“Parents depend on rural schools and don’t want to be faced with lengthy journeys to drop their children off somewhere else. Not only would that be bad for their household finances and the environment, but it will also be disruptive for pupils.

“Our rural communities continue to be overlooked by the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay, and the education minister needs to urgently clarify the comments made in this email.

“There needs to be a clear and full explanation as to why no small schools across the country appears to not have received a share of this money.”

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