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Schools: National Funding Formula

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:29 pm on 14th September 2017.

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Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Conservative, Cheltenham 1:29 pm, 14th September 2017

I thank my right hon. Friend and her team for grappling with a formula of labyrinthine complexity that penalised my constituents in Cheltenham, and for listening to me and others and then revisiting the original iteration, which many of us thought needed further attention. The new formula means that per-pupil average funding for secondary schools in my constituency will rise from around £4,200 to £4,800, and that will change lives in Cheltenham. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is important to recognise that the average in many Labour seats will continue to be higher than £4,800? In those circumstances, it seems somewhat churlish for Labour Members to have responded as they have.