Exclusive: Service children in Wales at a ‘disadvantage’
By Megan Boot
The Royal British Legion, has told ITV News, that service children here are at a disadvantage because they do not get the same support as in England.
In England, children of service personnel receive the Service Pupil Premium of £300 to help with additional support, but that is not available here:
The Welsh Government say it's important every child has the same opportunity.
At the moment, schools in Wales can access the Ministry of Defence Education Support Fund. Stacey Mleczek’s husband is in the navy, and their family have benefitted from this support:
The teachers at her children’s school in Aberystwyth used the fund to provide a new after-school club to provide care for service children and their fellow pupils, as well as get seven-year old Marek an iPad, so that he could show his Dad his homework, whilst he’s away.
But, according to the Royal British Legion, that fund, which has provided more than £1.7million to schools and projects in Wales, could be set to stop next year. The Ministry of Defence has told ITV News that discussions on the funding's future are 'ongoing' and 'no final decisions have been taken'.