School Funding — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 7:12 pm on 4th March 2019.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education) 7:12 pm, 4th March 2019

I will not give way for the moment. The inequities are precisely why we introduced the national funding formula. A similar point was made by my hon. Friend Henry Smith. My hon. Friends will be aware that funding in West Sussex will increase from £425.8 million in 2017-18 to £459.3 million by 2019-20. That is an increase of £33.5 million or 7.9%. It is an increase of 4.9% per pupil. The argument is made that there are more pupils, but we are also increasing funding on a per-pupil basis.