North Devon MP pushes for fairer schools funding
Nick Harvey, MP for North Devon, has today called on the Government to bring forward proposed reforms to the way schools are funded as soon as possible.
The present system used by the Department for Education to allocate money to schools means that some Local Authorities miss out on millions of pounds each year. Devon is among the worst affected, receiving the lowest level of funding for schools in England.
Earlier this year the Government committed to amending the funding formula by 2015-16, but in a joint letter with Liberal Democrat parliamentary colleagues, Nick Harvey urged Education Secretary, Michael Gove, to bring in changes before the end of this Parliament.
Nick said: “These tougher economic times mean that schools in North Devon are already facing real financial challenges. The present flawed funding system is only making things harder and the gap between the ‘haves and have nots’ has increased. We need action now to secure a fairer formula – the present situation cannot continue for the rest of this Parliament.
“Under the current system, the funding formula means that every child in North Devon receives £479.77 less each year from Government than the average English school pupil. That’s a loss of £48.8m a year for education across Devon.”
(from a press release)