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Fairer funding for Wiltshire Schools

March 27, 2015 11:06 PM

The proposals announced in Parliament today by Liberal Democrat Education Minister David Laws will mean that funding will be allocated to local areas on the basis of the actual characteristics of their pupils and schools, rather than simply on the basis of historic levels of spending.

The proposed changes mean that, on average, schools in Wiltshire will receive £92 per pupil next year, an increase of around 2.2 per cent.

Commenting on the announcement, Wiltshire Council Lib Dem Group Leader Jon Hubbard said:
"This is fantastic news for local children and is a much needed reform. The school funding system inherited by the coalition was unfair. Labour knew it was unfair, but chose not to act.

"For too long, school funding has been based on historical data that no longer reflects pupils' needs. Similar schools just miles apart can be funded at very different levels, just because they happen to be in different local authority areas.

"Today's announcement, along with the Pupil Premium, will mean that our children can get the education they deserve. It is more evidence that the Liberal Democrats in government are actively implementing policies to build a fairer society."