Nick Harvey quizzes Cameron on schools funding

North Devon MP Nick Harvey aired his concerns to Mr Cameron at Wednesday's PMQs

North Devon MP Nick Harvey aired his concerns to Mr Cameron at Wednesday's PMQs - Credit: Archant

North Devon MP looks for fairer funding formula at PMQs

North Devon MP Nick Harvey has pressed David Cameron to ensure rural schools receive fairer funding.

Speaking today (Wednesday) at Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Harvey highlighted the strong voices of MPs and campaigners in pressing for changes to the way the Government allocates funding to schools. The MP, who will fight his sixth General Election in 2015, asked Mr Cameron to reassure rural MPs that good news was on the way.

Due to historic flaws in the funding formula, each child in Devon receives on average £480 less than a child elsewhere in England.

The Prime Minister replied that he recognised the issue, which the Education Secretary was continuing to look at.

“Schools in many rural areas have been losing out for years and there is real political pressure for change,” said Mr Harvey. “Devon is the sixth lowest-funded authority in the country; it’s an unsustainable situation and we’ve suffered enough.

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“The F40 campaign and many rural MPs have worked hard to get this issue on the table for a long time. Now it’s there the Government cannot let us down.

“The overwhelming need to rebalance the funding formula is clear. It’s now down to the Government to deliver a solution that will ensure North Devon’s schools finally get the funding they need and deserve.”

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