Peter Aldous calls for urgent action on fairer funding for Suffolk's schools

30th November 2015

Peter Aldous welcomes the announcement in the Autumn Statement that the Government intends to introduce a national funding formula for schools, and calls for the new formula to be implemented as soon as possible.

Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con): What plans the Government have to deliver fairer funding for schools. [902410]

The Secretary of State for Education (Nicky Morgan): The Government are firmly committed to implementing our manifesto pledge to make school funding fairer. In the spending review last week, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced our intention to introduce a national funding formula for schools, high needs and early years in 2017. This will mean that, for the first time ever, funding is transparently and fairly matched to pupils’ and schools’ needs, and we will set out our detailed plans in the new year.

Peter Aldous: As Suffolk’s schools have suffered from underfunding for many years, last week’s announcement was extremely welcome. Time is of the essence in addressing this iniquity. The Secretary of State has said she will start work straight after Christmas, but I would be grateful if she went into a little more detail about the first steps she will be taking.

Nicky Morgan: I wish to thank my hon. Friend, who made a very valuable contribution to the recent petition to the Prime Minister calling for urgent action on fairer funding. I intend to consult in the new year, but I assure my hon. Friend that much work has been going on already, led by the Under-Secretary of State for Education, my hon. Friend the Member for East Surrey (Mr Gyimah), to unpick the funding formula so that all schools are funded fairly and all pupils have access to a good education.

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