Abolish The Welsh Assembly Party Plaid Diddymu Cynulliad Cymru

Abolish the Welsh Assembly

Welsh school children are getting a raw deal.

We have spent some time analysing the Welsh Government formula for funding in Wales and believe it to be flawed and no longer relevant. The Welsh Assembly Government state that the principles underpinning their formula are equity, stability, clarity and relevance and yet we note that the formula has not had a total review since 2001 and uses census data from as far back as 1991 to distribute some elements of funding.

In addition, we note that the formula allocates funding for pupils with additional learning needs based on factors of poverty rather than the huge amount of information available based on pupil needs and this data has not been updated since 2003. These are just two examples of a number of issues that have led us to the conclusion that the formula is not fit for purpose.

For instance, the expenditure per pupil is as low as £5,022 in Wales. This represents a drop on average of £370 per pupil in real terms over six years. In London the average per pupil is £6,920. So why are the people of Wales so disadvantaged and what is our Government doing about it? With so many AMs that are costing us a fortune, why haven't they looked at this issue?