Graham Stuart MP has met with Schools Minister David Laws to argue for fairer funding for schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire, which as a sparsely populated rural area has received an unfairly low funding settlement from the Government.
This spring, the Government announced a £350 million funding increase for some of the worst funded local authorities.
However, indicative calculations suggest the East Riding of Yorkshire will receive just an extra £13 funding per pupil in 2015/16, an increase of only 0.3%. This will leave the East Riding bottom of the education funding table.
Following his meeting with the Minister, Graham said,“For too long, pupils in the East Riding of Yorkshire have lost out because of decisions made by the previous Government, which skewed funding away from rural areas and into urban ones.
“The official funding formula fails to recognise the extra costs associated with providing schools in isolated rural areas, which means that the East Riding is currently the third lowest funded authority overall when it comes to children’s education.
“Children in the East Riding deserve a fair level of support and the Government must do more to address the rural penalty. In particular, Ministers need to make the introduction of a funding formula that is fit for purpose a major priority.
“The good news is that during our meeting, David Laws and his officials committed to review the figures again before the final decision about the funding allocation is made. I will be watching the outcome very closely.”