Cambridgeshire named as worst funded education authority in England

17:10 14 February 2013

Councillor David Harty

Councillor David Harty

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A MINISTER has pledged that Cambridgeshire will get a fairer school funding settlement by 2015 after the county was named as the worst-funded in England.

For 2013-14, Cambridgeshire will receive £3,949.94 per pupil – putting it 151st out of 151 local education authorities for school funding.

Other authorities get an average of £4,549.96 per pupil, with areas like Luton getting £4,784.38 and Peterborough £4,490.03.

Councillor David Harty, the county council’s cabinet member for learning, wrote to Education Secretary Michael Gove in November last year pleading for the area to get more funding.

Schools minister David Laws wrote back to say that he was “committed to introducing a fairer funding system”, adding: “I do understand the frustrations felt by Cambridgeshire and other lower funded authorities.”

But Cambridgeshire fell from its already lowly position right down to the bottom, with Mr Laws saying the changes wouldn’t be in place until 2015.

“2015 is a long, long way away,” said Cllr Harty, who represents Little Paxton and St Neots North. “It is now that our schools could do with some help, particularly the primary schools.

“I can’t understand why it takes two years to get the funding we need.”

In his letter to Mr Gove last year, Cllr Harty said changes to the way education authorities allocate the dedicated school grant were “nonsensical” and would leave primaries and secondaries struggling to cope.

In a meeting with Cllr Harty afterwards, Mr Laws admitted: “Introducing a new national funding formula is not straightforward and there are still a number of issues that we need to resolve before a new formula can be introduced.”

Cllr Harty reiterated his commitment to improve Cambridgeshire’s funding situation.

He said: “We’ve been making the case very clear for raising the level of funding for Cambridgeshire.”

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  • Another great councillor, along with Councillor Bucknor, standing up for what is right. Better funding for schools in Cambridgeshire. The Government cannot keep brushing him off as the figures are not fair. At least these councillors fight for what right not like that Taxi Councillor bloke (Patrick?) all he cares about is feathering his own nest, although I can't knock him for enthusiasm, shame its misdirected!

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