Great news for Worcestershire in Spending Review

So far, the summer of 2013 has brought many good news stories for the country, with Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, the Lions beating Australia and England winning the first test match of the Ashes. And there is also some great news for Worcestershire, writes Peter Luff MP.

Last month, the Chancellor of the Exchequer set out his ‘Comprehensive Spending Review’. This statement was a review of the Government’s spending and how our taxes are going to be spent in the future.

The announcements of investment to ease delays on the M5 and a third council tax freeze are very positive things for local residents. But, the most important thing to come out of the review for Worcestershire was George Osborne’s commitment to solve the unjust funding formula for schools.

For years Worcestershire schools have received an unfair proportion of national funding for their pupils. As it currently stands children in Worcestershire receive much lower funding than their counterparts in places such as Birmingham. It is not right that children should be allocated less money just for going to school in this county.

The other county MPs and I have worked hard to see that this change was made. In fact, Worcester’s MP, Robin Walker, was given a special mention by the Chancellor for his work on this campaign.

Fairer funding for schools is well over due but I know how welcome the Chancellor’s commitment will be to parents and head teachers.

Finally, on the subject of good news, I’m sure that the Droitwich Lido will be in the midst of a bumper summer thanks to the recent hot weather. After two very wet years this weather is perfect for a swim at the Lido. Let’s just hope it stays sunny for the rest of the summer.


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