Education Funding: Wirral

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:36 pm on 31st October 2017.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee 5:36 pm, 31st October 2017

I very much endorse what my hon. Friend is saying about the crisis we are facing. Thanks to Feeding Birkenhead, Wirral adopted a policy of using its housing benefit data to identify those pupils who are eligible for free school meals and the pupil premium, resulting in another £750,000 for Wirral schools. However, despite that additional funding, which the council activated by using its IT sensibly, everything my hon. Friend says stands.