National Funding Formula: Devon

Part of The Secretary of State Was Asked – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th February 2017.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education) 12:00 am, 6th February 2017

Because the hon. Lady’s constituency will remain one of the highest-funded areas of the country. She is right that the per pupil funding rate in Lewisham, Deptford will fall from £5,708 to £5,550 as a result of the national funding formula, but that is still one of the highest in the country. The prosperity of London as a whole has increased over the past 10 years, with the proportion of children on free school meals falling from 27% to 18%, but it still has some of the highest levels of deprivation. That is why, under the new national funding formula, London’s funding remains 30% higher than the national average.