13th March 2014 –Immediate
DfE Statement on School Funding- Ivan Ould welcomes extra £350 million new money to balance school funding inequalities.
Ivan Ould, cabinet lead member for Children and Families at Leicestershire County Council, has today welcomed the announcement from the Government to pump an extra £350 million of new money to help make school funding fairer across the country.
As Chairman of the F40 Group of worst funded local authorities for education, Ivan Ould says, “We have campaigned long and hard over the years, with successive governments, to convince Ministers of the need to address fairer funding for schools. I am delighted that this Conservative –led Government has finally listened and come up with some serious cash that will help drive up standards in our schools. It is the biggest step towards a national fairer funding formula in over a decade of campaigning.”
For further information please contact Ivan Ould CC on 07721 426638 or at LCC on 0116 305 6369 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Minister of State David Laws MP made the announcement in the House of Commons earlier this morning (13/3/14).
- Leicestershire CC was named as one of the top 15 beneficiaries. As detailed information has yet to be published, no specific cash figure is available for LCC. However, Mr Laws raised Cambridgeshire CC as an example, who will see their funding per pupil increase from £3950 to £4225 or around £22 million for their schools.
- £350 million is new money and will be allocated to local authorities in April 2015.