Saturday, 7 February 2015

Fiona asks, ‘Please sign our petition for fairer school funding’

‘When I was a County Councillor, I was very concerned by the low level of funding for Cambridgeshire schools - until recently the lowest in the country,’ says Fiona.

Since the 1980s, Cambridgeshire schools have been underfunded. They currently get £600 per pupil per year less than the English average - the lowest in the whole country.

Julian Huppert, Lib Dem MP for Cambridge, has made fairer school funding a top priority since being elected in 2010, raising it repeatedly in Parliament, and this year presented a petition to Lib Dem Schools Minister David Laws signed by over 2,000 local residents. This helped Julian and the team to secure an additional £23.2 million each year in funding for local schools - an extra £130,000 for a typical primary school.

While this is a massive step forward, it still does not bring us up onto a par with other parts of the country, so Julian is still working hard to ensure that Cambridgeshire's school kids get a much-needed long term fair funding formula.

Sebastian Kindersley comments, "Cambridgeshire needs to be fairly funded; our children and grandchildren deserve no less."

Please sign our petition to urge the Government to give our school;