Labour frontbencher Tulip Siddiq MP has criticised the decision by the government to pull funding for projects tackling the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children in schools as “callous”.
Responding to the announcement, the shadow minister for children and early years warned of the impact of the decision made despite commitments made to invest in targeting homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying of pupils.
The Government Equalities Office has admitted that those identifying as LGBT+ are at higher risk of bullying, but ministers have argued that the funding for the school programmes were due to come to an end.
Commenting on the decision taken by the government to cut the funding, shadow minister for children and early years Tulip Siddiq said: “This decision will only serve to further marginalise LGBT+ young people.
“Government itself has admitted that young people who identify as LGBT+ have higher risk of bullying and long term harm to their education, health and wellbeing, so to be pulling away financial support from those fighting this abuse is especially callous.”