UK Government U-Turn on Booktrust
In an amazing u-turn of it's decision to scrap all funding of the BookTrust scheme, the UK Department of Education has reversed it's decision and have announced it will now continue to fund the programme. BookTrust benefits 3.3 million children a year in England.
"The Department for Education and Booktrust are determined to ensure that reading for pleasure is a gift every child can enjoy. That is why the DFE will continue to fund Booktrust book-gifting programmes in the future," the statement said."
Labour leader, Ed Miliband, who had been pressing for the restoration of funding to BookTrust, has now written to David Cameron for explicit clarification on how much funding this, and other important charities will receive and for that a scheme in line with the current programme will be maintained.
Amazing news, altogether!