Ruddy welcomes Labour plans

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Angus North and Mearns Labour candidate John Ruddy welcomed plans announced by Scottish Labour this week to provide additional funds to help close the attainment gap between the richest students and the rest.

The candidate has said schools in the constituency would receive an additional £913,000 per year paid direct to the Headteacher.

Mr Ruddy said: “Only Scottish Labour has a plan to deliver the funding needed to reduce the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils – and by giving that money to headteachers to decide how it is spent, means it will be much more effective. Based on these figures Mill O’Forest school in Stonehaven would receive over £40,000 per annum and Bervie School would receive £30,000. Every school in our community would benefit, unlike the Attainment Challenge Fund announced by the Scottish Government”.

According to Scottish Labour Opportunity Spokesman Iain Gray “A Scottish Labour Government would ask those lucky enough to earn over £150,000 a year to pay a little bit more in tax so we can create a Fair Start Fund to invest in our young people.”