School Funding — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 24th October 2018.

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Photo of Ranil Jayawardena Ranil Jayawardena Conservative, North East Hampshire 9:30 am, 24th October 2018

I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. Although I welcome the extra £3.5 million per annum for North East Hampshire’s schools as a result of funding adjustments, there is still a big divergence in per-pupil funding across the country. That is entirely in line with her point about the cost of staffing, which has no relationship with per-pupil funding, given the high cost of living in Hampshire and elsewhere. Does she agree that it is important that future funding formulas take proper account of the cost of living?