Under funding for Worcestershire schools

Under funding for schools in Worcestershire has been an issue for as long as I have been a Member of Parliament, writes Peter Luff MP. And a change in the way the funding formula works is something I have campaigned for since even before I was elected 21 years ago. So I am delighted that we seem at last to be on the verge of a breakthrough.

For years, Worcestershire schools have received an unfair proportion of national funding for their pupils. The current arrangement means that children in Worcestershire receive much less funding than their counterparts in places such as Birmingham. It is completely unfair that children should be allocated less money just for going to school in this county.

In the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s ‘Comprehensive Spending Review’ in June, George Osborne announced that the Government would look into solving the unjust funding formula for schools. This got the ball rolling and now it seems progress has been made.

It will be very welcome news to parents and head teachers that fairer funding arrangements for Worcestershire schools should be in place by 2015.

My colleague and MP for Worcester, Robin Walker, has committed a huge amount of time to campaigning for this change. He deserves credit for all his efforts in getting the government to redress the unfairness of the system for Worcestershire pupils.

There is still a long way to go of course before funding arrangements are finalised. The other county MPs and I will continue to press the Government to make sure that it sees through these changes. But I am very positive - things are certainly going in the right direction.

These changes are well overdue but it just goes to show that if you are patient then change does happen.


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