School Finance

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 10th January 2005.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Shadow Spokesperson (Women), Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry), Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the future funding arrangements for schools in Northern Ireland; and how many children he estimates will benefit from the new arrangements.

Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

Following consultation during the autumn, I have decided to proceed with arrangements to replace the existing seven Local Management of Schools (LMS) funding formulae with a single, common funding formula. This move will take effect from 1 April 2005 and reflects the commitment made by the Executive under devolution and will ensure that schools of similar size and characteristics are funded in the same way regardless of their geographical location.

Work is continuing to finalise allocations to schools for 2005–06. Once this has been completed, I will make a fuller announcement outlining the changes that I have made to reflect the comments received during consultation and confirming the allocations that will issue to individual schools for 2005–06. I will also write to the hon. Member with the specific details she has requested and place a copy of my statement and this letter in the Library.

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