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Minister says Lichfield and Burntwood schools could see funding increase by 1.2%

Funding for schools in Lichfield and Burntwood could increase by around 1.2% if new plans are given the green light, the Schools Minister has claimed.

A consultation into proposals to change the way funding is calculated closes tomorrow (March 22).

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant questioned the current system which sees many school in Staffordshire receive lower funding than their counterparts elsewhere in the UK.

He told a House of Commons debate yesterday: “It may be International Happiness Day, but parents in Staffordshire are pretty unhappy, actually, because they are in a county that is in the bottom 15 of funding throughout the UK.

“Fairer funding must not just be open – it needs to be fair, too, and Staffordshire schools are losing out. That is unacceptable.”

Nick Gibb MP. Pic: Policy Exchange

Nick Gibb MP. Pic: Policy Exchange

But Schools Minister Nick Gibb said that the Lichfield constituency would be better off under the proposed new funding system.

“The consultation closes on Wednesday,” he explained. “We will listen to and read very carefully all the contributions.

“Funding in his [Michael Fabricant’s] constituency rises by about 1.2%, equal to about £600,000, and 65% of his schools will see an increase.”

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1 Comment

  1. Toast

    22nd March, 2017 at 10:36 am

    This news comes too late for The Friary who yesterday announced to staff that they’re having to axe a dozen teachers by September. The kids’ education will suffer as a result, no doubt.