21 October 2015
111 MPs petition Prime Minister demanding fairer school funding
One hundred and eleven Members of Parliament have signed a letter to the Prime Minister demanding that he sticks to his pledge to introduce a new national funding formula in the near future.
The letter, which was masterminded by f40 Vice Chair, Graham Stuart MP, was handed over today in the House of Commons. It calls on the government to implement a fairer funding formula along the lines of proposals prepared by f40 which, from 2017-18, would see funding geared towards improving educational standards rather than perpetuating an inequitable system.
Under the current system, the ten best funded areas of England will receive an average grant of £6,297 per pupil this year, compared to an average of just £4,208 per pupil in the ten most poorly funded areas.
f40 Chairman, Ivan Ould said: “This irrational and unfair allocation arrangement has to change. School funding has become more and more unfair over time, and the inconsistencies in funding for individual schools with similar characteristics across the country are too great.
“f40, which represents the lowest funded authorities in England, wants to see the introduction of a new national funding formula. This would be a transformative achievement for pupils in low funded authorities and that is why f40 is maintaining the pressure on the government to deliver what it has promised.
“In recent months, f40’s financial team has developed proposals and discussed them with experts in the Department for Education. This joint working has been extremely productive and there is significant agreement about what needs to be done…and by when.
“We welcome the Prime Minister’s fulfilment of his promise to baseline the £390m extra cash given to some of the worst funded local authorities to boost school budgets in 2015-16, and this will now be included in future years budgeting. That has always been viewed by f40 members and the government as merely a down-payment to help narrow the funding gap whilst a new national funding formula was agreed and implemented. We now need a commitment for the start of the introduction of that new formula.”
Graham Stuart added “The fact that so many MPs have signed this letter on a cross-party basis shows the strength of feeling in favour of school funding reform. This is about bringing an end to an arbitrary and unfair system – it’s not about rural versus urban, or Conservative vs Labour, it’s about bringing order from chaos. The Government deserves credit for promising to act and now is the time to deliver a rational, needs-based funding settlement.
“At a time when the Department for Education is considering its options, we want the Government to be in no doubt that our constituents deserve swift and comprehensive funding reform to deliver fairness for their children.
“The f40 group has campaigned tirelessly to raise the profile of this issue and has made sensible suggestions about how a new funding formula could be introduced. In the meantime our campaign is continuing with Parliamentary petitions being coordinated by f40 MPs with the help of local authorities and schools to let people have their say. We won’t rest until we have delivered fair funding for English schools.”
Issued by Doug Allan, Secretary of the f40 Group. For further comment or information please call 07785 223707 or email email@example.com
There’s more detail about f40 on the Group’s website – www.f40.org.uk
1. The MPs’ letter and a full list of the signatories is attached to this news release.
2. f40 is a cross-party group which has the support of MPs, councillors, education directors, governors, head teachers, parents and teaching union representatives. The group has 38 member authorities representing over 2.5 million pupils (33% of the total in England) in over 8,100 schools.
3. The members are: Bedford Borough, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, East Riding of Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Kent, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Solihull, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Staffordshire, Stockport, Suffolk, Swindon, Torbay, Trafford, Wakefield, Warrington, Warwickshire, Wigan, Worcestershire and York.
School funding model petition link below
Devon Council "Tough Choices" Report
Devon County Council are again consulting on “Tough Choices” as you are aware local councils have been receiving less year on year Government grant. There is a cap on Council Tax with a net result there are cuts year on year. John Hart as leader is again consulting and would like for the public to put forward their opinion. Details of forth coming meetings can be found on the Devon County Website http://devon.gov.uk/ there are 9 meetings scheduled across the County and you need to register if you want to attend.
There is a lot of campaigning going on for “Fairer Funding” rural authorities grants are less per head than the urban equivalent especially where school funding is concerned. The Police are finding it really tough and Tony Hogg the Police Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall is consulting through November and December with a possibility of asking for a referendum for more funding if he has the backing of the community. We could be facing a cut in our police personal numbers – a real concern in our rural areas.
This time of the year the roads are busy as the farmers are doing their maize silage harvest, and this year as with previous years I get a lot of complaints. I appreciate that there is a time when the crop is ready and everyone wants to harvest when the weather is right. Please urge farmersand contractors to consider other road users and residents.
A lot of road closures are coming up at the moment as some of the schemes we have been waiting for a long time are coming up. Please bear in mind we can all report potholes and when they are reported there is a time scale in which they should be completed. To register as a pothole they should be at least the size of a dinner plate across and a depth of 2 inches or more. You can report by ringing the call centre 0345 155 1004 where you can talk to an operative who will log and if you ask give you a ref. no. so it can be followed up. If potholes are entered individually they are immediately listed for repair and entered into the system. . They are dealt with according to priority obviously the higher the grade of road the sooner it will be dealt with. Potholes can also be reported via the DCC Website http://devon.gov.uk/ on the front page scroll down to “report a pothole” and click and see options.
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