Heidi Allen MP has welcomed today’s announcement by the Chancellor to end the unfair system of school funding as part of his Comprehensive Spending Review. A new funding formula will set a national rate that every school will receive for each pupil, with additional funding for those with extra needs. Crucially, from 2017-18 onwards the resources schools and local authorities will receive will be based on pupil characteristics rather than historic political calculations. The Department for Education will consult on the detail of the announcement in early 2016.
Today’s announcement follows years of campaigning by the F40 Group of poorly-funded local authorities, and a concerted Parliamentary campaign to make the issue a top political priority. Heidi Allen, MP for South Cambridgeshire, was one of 111 MPs who wrote to the Prime Minister in October to call for fairer funding to be introduced.
Speaking after the announcement, Heidi said,
‘This is brilliant news for Cambridgeshire which has been one of England’s poorest funded Education Authorities for far too long. I have heard and seen first hand the pressure teachers have been under as they have struggled with high workloads and poor facilities. While I am of course celebrating today and extremely pleased, I will be writing to the Chancellor to seek an interim payment to help bridge the gap between now and 2017. “