MP welcomes increase in schools funding

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Local schools will benefit from additional funding announced by the Government recently, Antoinette Sandbach, MP for Eddisbury, has welcomed the announcement made by the Secretary of State for Education. Justine Greening informed the House of Commons that an extra £1.3 billion will be made available for schools, as well as committing to a per pupil funding level of at least £4,800 in secondary schools by 2019/20.

Ms Sandbach has tirelessly campaigned for more funding for local schools since being elected in 2015, including achieving an uplift in the budget for Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) of £9.4m in 2015/16, alongside colleagues and campaign group F40.

Under previous proposals, Councils were facing a fall in per pupil funding, it is therefore a major boost for local schools that the Government has committed to a minimum funding level of £4,800. Funding for special needs schools will also be protected.

Antoinette Sandbach MP responded to the recent statement and asked the Secretary of State to confirm that funding per pupil will similarly rise in primary schools. The Education Secretary announced that further details will be outlined in September, but that the expectation is a similar boost for primary schools.

In response to the statement, Ms Sandbach said:

"I am delighted that the Government has listened to the concerns of the F40 group, local councillors, teachers and parents by committing significant funds to boosting financial support for schools. I understand the importance of providing schools with the necessary funding to provide a quality education and see this announcement as a major step to alleviate the pressures on secondary schools in particular. I will continue to closely monitor the impact of school funding locally."

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