Press Release – Over 100 MPs write to the Prime Minister to demand Fair School Funding

STOCKPORT SCHOOL PUPILS NEED A FAIRER DEAL – MP

Ann Coffey MP has signed an open letter to David Cameron calling on the government to deliver a better funding deal for Stockport pupils.

More than 100 MPs from all parties have signed the letter which urges the Government to deliver funding reform.

Ms Coffey joined the cross party campaign because under the formula pupils in Stockport pupils lose out by £486 each year compared to other metropolitan areas.

Under the current system, the ten best funded areas of England will receive an average grant of £6,297 per pupil this year. Stockport received £4198 per pupil. .In 2005 Stockport was ranked as 42nd lowest out of 152 education authorities in terms of money received; now it is 7th lowest.

In the letter, which unusually has been signed by the Speaker John Bercow, the MPs say:

“It is widely acknowledged that the existing school funding model is a muddle and that funding for individual schools with similar pupil characteristics is arbitrary and unfair.

“At a time of spending restraint it is more important than ever that funding is allocated based on need.  F40 has come up with a formula which would see the funding cake shared much more fairly.

“We believe this formula can help deliver a solution.  We want the children in our schools to continue to have a broad range of subjects to study, good resources to use, well maintained buildings, reasonably sized classes and excellent pastoral support.  Fairer funding is integral to all of this, and we urge you to deliver it.”

Ms Coffey said: “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. Stockport children and their families deserve a fairer deal.”

The MPs’ letter and a full list of the signatories is attached to this news release – http://anncoffeymp.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Fair-School-Funding-Campaign.pdf

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