Huppert optimistic that schools could get funding they deserve
Cambridge MP Julian Huppert is optimistic that the Chancellor’s announcement of a fairer funding formula for the nation’s schools could bring long-awaited extra cash for Cambridgeshire.
Julian has been campaigning for years to get more money for the county’s pupils and hopes that the announcement from George Osborne will bring good news.
“I have fought hard for this and it was good to hear the Chancellor finally acknowledge publicly that our schools and others across the country have been unfairly treated,” he said.
“We are at the bottom of the national funding league table and our schools have been starved of cash by successive governments for 30 years. Now this government is committed to turning that round and hopefully we should finally get the money our children so desperately deserve.”
Julian also welcomed the news that the Liberal Democrat’s Pupil Premium, which has been enthusiastically received in Cambridgeshire, will be protected and extended in the future.
And he said that the government’s commitment to put more money into apprenticeships was good news.
“This government has shown that it is committed to helping our young people get a fairer start in life,” he said. “Our education system and training opportunities for our youngsters are vital if they are to succeed in the future.
“We are fortunate in Cambridge that only 1.4 per cent of our young people out of work with unemployment generally standing at just 2.4 per cent. Our city’s excellent apprenticeship programmes have been a huge benefit.”
A £1.1 billion investment in the capital science budget and a commitment to maintain the resource budget was also welcomed by Julian.
“I am delighted that our government is continuing its investment in science and research,” he said. “There is first class working taking place in this country and putting money into this field is so important for our economy’s future prosperity.”
More cash for the health budget to improve mental health services and cancer treatments and an extra £3 billion for the joint services provided by health and social care was a welcome move, said Julian.
Julian also commended the government for its extra help for families with the investment in affordable housing and more money to support vulnerable families.
“The government has tackled some of the areas where investment is badly needed to build on the work that it has already started,” he said. “There is so much more to be done but we have to never forget that we are working with an economy which was rock bottom after 13 disastrous Labour years; that takes time to resolve.”