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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

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School fund rethink welcomed

CUMBRIA County Council’s leader, Eddie Martin, has welcome the Government’s pledge to review its controversial school funding reforms.

Schools in Copeland had feared they could lose thousands of pounds from their budgets after a new Department of Education formula set out how the county council would distribute £260 million a year to Cumbrian schools.

However, in a letter to the county council, the Government promises to review the arrangements and make further changes in 2014-15 if “it finds the long-term consequences for schools are unacceptable.’’

Coun Martin, leader of Cumbria County Council, said: “I welcome the Department for Education’s announcement as far as it goes. The county council has lobbied hard to get the Government to think again, as have many local councils across the country, so it’s good to see that Government is willing to listen.

“But quite simply the announcement does not go far enough. In terms of the minimum funding guarantee is not clear either what level it will be set at beyond 2014/15 or indeed for how long it would be kept in place.

“I would argue that even extending the guarantee from two to three years would not give Local Authorities like Cumbria the time they need to implement the funding changes properly and, of course, in collaboration with schools and parents.”


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