Huppert keeps up pressure at school funding debate


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MP Julian Huppert will keep up the pressure on the government to give Cambridgeshire schools the funding they deserve.

Julian is co-sponsoring a motion in the Commons today (Tuesday, March 10) to push for changes to the schools funding formula.

He has fought for more than a decade to get a fair deal for the county’s schools and was instrumental in driving through an extra £23.2 million annually in funding which is about to benefit schools across the county.

The 7.9 per cent increase closes more than half the gap between the money received by Cambridgeshire schools and the national average.


But, although schools will receive this increase year on year Julian is continuing to lobby for a further change to the funding formula so that the county’s schools receive all the money to which they are entitled.

Today’s Back Bench Business debate will call for the “speedy implementation of a fair and transparent schools funding formula” which is now more urgent than ever given the continued pressure on the schools budget in the next Parliament.

“For 30 years consecutive governments ignored this issue and did nothing about it leaving our schools seriously underfunded,” said Julian. “We have made huge headway in getting our county the education funding it should have. We have closed more than half the gap between our schools and those across the country getting our children some of the money they deserve.

“But our schools are still lagging behind others nationally in terms of funding per head and I want to see the funding formula changed to address that.”

Julian worked with the Cambridgeshire Schools Forum and others to get the funding increased by £311 per pupil – up to £4,261 per pupil per year.

He lobbied Ministers on many occasions and led a Westminster debate on the issue as well as raising a petition calling on the government to act as a matter of urgency.