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Nick tells Minister: More cash for Devon's schools

March 5, 2015 9:21 AM

Nick Harvey MP joined a cross-party lobby today to continue the fight for fairer funding for Devon's schools.

At a meeting with Schools Minister Nick Gibb, Harvey was joined by his fellow F40 Parliamentary Chair Robin Walker, Conservative MP for Worcester, and Cllr Ivan Ould, Chair of the F40 fairer funding campaign.

Currently Devon is the sixth worst-funded Local Authority in the country in terms of schools due to historic flaws in the schools funding formula.

Commenting, Nick Harvey said:

"As we edge closer to the General Election it's vital that we don't see school funding disappear off the agenda. This Government took the first steps in addressing the imbalance when it injected £390million this year to schools in the country's lowest-funded authorities, boosting schools in Devon by almost £200 per pupil. But we need to go further than this and iron out flaws in the national funding formula which led to this situation in the first place.

"I was pleased to hear the Schools Minister today re-confirm his commitment to fairer funding. Despite our lobbying throughout this Parliament, we cannot expect a radically different funding formula this side of the election - so ideally an interim pot of money on a similar scale to the one announced last year would be helpful for the time being. But the Department for Education alone cannot approve the funding, so the next step is for Robin and I and our cross-party colleagues to take our case to the Treasury."