School Budgets

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th April 2017.

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Photo of Derek Thomas Derek Thomas Conservative, St Ives 12:00 am, 18th April 2017

The majority of schools in my constituency are rated good or outstanding, due to the hard work and determination of teaching staff and their heads. However, Government funding for schools has not kept up with increasing costs, which, according to the House of Commons Library, increased by 3.4% in 2016-17 and will increase by 8.7% by 2020. What message can I take back to my schools, which tell me they cannot maintain those standards if school funding does not keep up with these increased costs?