SCHOOL FUNDING SUCCESS AFTER A QUARTER OF A CENTURY OF CAMPAIGNING PROVES YOU MUST NEVER GIVE UP, SA
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SCHOOL FUNDING SUCCESS AFTER A QUARTER OF A CENTURY OF CAMPAIGNING PROVES YOU MUST NEVER GIVE UP, SA

News that the government is at last moving to correct the historic injustice that sees Worcestershire schools get much less money to educate their pupils than those in neighbouring Birmingham is being welcomed by Sir Peter Luff, MP for Mid Worcestershire.

Speaking at the Mid Worcestershire Conservative Association annual general meeting tonight at Peopleton, Sir Peter will say,

“Schools in Worcestershire have been underfunded for too long because of a random and unfair funding system that successive Governments have used to allocate money to schools. It has been a running sore locally for decades.

“I have been campaigning for change for nearly a quarter of a century

“I was first selected as a local candidate in 1990 and I have been lobbying and campaigning for fairer school funding in every year and every election since then. Since 2010 Robin Walker’s work on this issue has been magnificent and a lot of the credit must go to him. This outcome proves that if you at first you don’t succeed, then in politics you really must, try, try and try again.”

“Yesterday’s news that the Government will give extra cash to the least well funded areas, including five million pounds for schools in Worcestershire, proves the power of political perseverance!

In a statement to the House of Commons on Thursday, David Laws MP, the Minister of State for Schools, announced that the Government will take a massive step towards delivering fairer national funding for schools.

In his statement Mr Laws said,

“For too long, the school funding system has been based on historical data that was out of date and no longer reflected pupil’s needs. But we now want to make funding fairer at a national level by addressing the distribution of funding between local authorities.

“Today (Thursday) a ‘Consultation of Fairer Schools Funding in 2015’ will be published which includes proposals to set a minimal funding level for the basic amount that all pupils should attract and for deprived pupils, plus pupils with English as an additional language and for pupils with low levels of attainment and those who have been looked after, for example in foster care.

“I know that these plans will be welcomed in many schools across the country. We remain committed to further funding reform, once long term spending plans are available after the next spending review.”

Worcestershire is one of the least fairly funded local authorities in the country and Mr Laws announced that the Government will deliver a substantial £350 million boost to schools in these so-called F40 areas. The extra money will be allocated in April 2015, for the 2015/16 financial year. The money will come from the protected schools budget without any local authority having to introduce cuts on its pupil premium budgets. No local authority or school elsewhere in the Country will lose from this proposal.

Commenting Peter said,

“This isn’t enough to sort out the problem entirely, but it’s a great start. It will be the first time in a quarter of a century that funding has not got relatively worse for Worcestershire schools.

“Despite this unfair funding, Worcestershire’s schools have done remarkably well recently in the league tables and pupils in the country are achieving excellent results. Just think what the schools could do with more money!”

ENDS


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