Easington MP Grahame Morris has criticised the Government for failing English students in another example of devolution unfairness.
Families in Scotland and Wales can apply for grants up to £200 for school uniforms, equipment and sports kits. The equivalent grant in England is the School Benevolent Fund, administered by the Local Government with grants of up to £35 towards a winter coat or the same for a pair of shoes.
Grahame Morris MP has criticised the Westminster Government for failing England, he said: “We can see the benefits of devolution in Scotland and Wales from free prescriptions, a free bus pass at 60, and support for struggling families with the cost of school uniform and equipment.
In England, we are shortchanged every time by a Conservative Westminster Government that fails to deliver these additional benefits. I do not begrudge those receiving support in Scotland and Wales, as devolved nations seek ways to lift families out of poverty and improve the quality of life for their people.
The question is, why does the Conservative Westminster Government refuse to support families in England. The North East of England is in the worst possible situation. A London centric Conservative Government ignoring our need for investment, and a devolved nation to the North seeking to support their business and people through the power of devolution.
Far from levelling up, Boris Johnson and those in our region facilitating the Government are ensuring our region and County is left behind. The Government’s indifference to unfairness and injustice is pulling the UK apart, with England being the only nation without an effective First Minister.”
Wales Pupil Development Grant – Access
Scotland School Clothing Grant