Don’t disappoint rural areas on education funding, says North Devon MP
North Devon MP Nick Harvey has pressed the Prime Minister to deliver good news for rural schools currently losing out under the current education funding formula.
Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Nick highlighted the strong voices of MPs and campaigners in pressing for changes to the way the Government allocates funding to schools. The MP asked PM David Cameron to reassure rural MPs that good news was on the way.
Due to historic flaws in the funding formula, each child in Devon receives on average £480 less than a child elsewhere in England.
The Prime Minister replied that he recognised the issue, which the Education Secretary was continuing to look at.
Nick said: “Schools in many rural areas have been losing out for years and there is real political pressure for change. Devon is the sixth lowest-funded authority in the country: it’s an unsustainable situation and we’ve suffered enough.
“We are expecting news very soon on what shape the future funding formula might take. The F40 campaign and many rural MPs have worked hard to get this issue on the table for a long time. Now it’s there the Government cannot let us down.
“The overwhelming need to rebalance the funding formula is clear. It’s now down to the Government to deliver a solution that will ensure North Devon’s schools finally get the funding they need and deserve.”
(from a press release)