Minister insists school funding will not be cut across Lichfield and Burntwood

A Government Minister has vowed that no schools in Lichfield and Burntwood will see funding cuts.

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant had questioned the impact of the Fairer Funding Formula in a House of Commons debate.

Nick Gibb MP. Pic: Policy Exchange

Nick Gibb MP. Pic: Policy Exchange

But schools minister Nick Gibb insisted budgets would be protected.

“No school in his [Michael Fabricant’s] constituency will see a cut in funding,” he explained. “As we have said, we are spending record amounts of money on school funding — £41 billion this year rising to £42 billion next year — and we are moving to a fairer way of distributing that funding.

“We said in our manifesto that even where the new fairer funding system would have resulted in a cut in funding to some schools, that will no longer be the case, so no school will see a cut in per-pupil funding under this Government.”

Mr Fabricant said he was pleased to see his concerns over the region taken on board.

Michael Fabricant

“Schools have been under huge pressure as running costs have exceeded their income per pupil so I am pleased that the Government has recognised the problem and will provide top-up funding,” he said. “Staffordshire has always received less than other counties per pupil and this has continued unchecked for over 30 years, so I welcomed the new Fairer Funding Formula when it was introduced.

“But I was shocked and dismayed when the schools minister told me before the June election that while two-thirds of schools in the Lichfield constituency would get a funding hike, one-third would receive a cut in income. At the time, I told the minister in the Chamber that this was ‘unacceptable’, so I am glad that the Government has taken this on board.

“We must now ensure that funding keeps pace with increased schools running costs.”

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5 Comments

  1. Steve Norman

    5th July, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    We’ll wait and see but if this means Lichfield is not going to get more funding (the whole point of the F40 campaign) it can only mean others will get less. Hold on, the Minister told EVERY MP who asked him that they wouldn’t get a cut -so how will the funding be fairer?

  2. Adam Elsdon

    6th July, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Turns out things are different from the rosy picture that Mr Fabricant would have you believe.

    As Caroline Lucas from the Green Party responded to Nick Gibb after Michael Fabricants question:
    “Could the Minister stop playing games? What schools care about is the total amount of money they have to invest in their pupils, so will he just level with the public and admit that he has not protected per-pupil funding? It is insulting to constituents to pretend otherwise. ”
    The new “Fair Funding Formula” starts 2018-2019 and Nick Gibb minister evaded numerous questions on how that “Funding Formula” would actually work in the real world.
    Michael Fabricant can explain when the new school year starts in September exactly why educational staff have lost their jobs and why schools have less money per pupil in the next school year in another front page Mercury press release.

  3. Simon Partridge

    6th July, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    The truth which our MP conveniently avoids is that school funding will fall by 8% in real terms by 2020. That he pretends otherwise and makes such a pantomime of “standing up” to the minister in parliament insults the intelligence of his constituents.

    See https://fullfact.org/education/spending-schools-2020/ or https://www.channel4.com/news/factcheck/factcheck-conservatives-are-cutting-school-funding-in-real-terms for the facts about school funding.

  4. Mike

    7th July, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    The whole point of Fabricant raising this question is because he has been receiving a lot of concerns about funding cuts to schools. So what does he do? Asked a scripted question to which the schools minister was able to give a scripted response.No pressure, and everything is all rosey. This is the sort of lip-service we are on about with Fabricant; nobody can deny he hasn’t asked about it,but was it bloody worth it?! People in this constituency need to be holding him to account over everything now, considering the majority he has, which he doesn’t mention, much.

  5. Darryl

    7th July, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Ah, Fabricant relying on people not actually checking the facts.

    Fabricant is a soundbite.

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