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 Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough 1:29 pm, 14th September 2017

So often in this place one campaigns about historical underfunding but nothing happens, because it is all too difficult, so I have hung around this afternoon to say thank you to my right hon. Friend. We have campaigned for rural schools for years, and she is now giving them 3.9% more. In Lincolnshire, we have many very small schools with under 100 pupils, and even some that traditionally have fewer than 50. My right hon. Friend has announced another 5% for schools in the most remote locations. Will that help counties such as Lincolnshire that have a sparse but evenly distributed population?