A group of Devon MPs have written to the Prime Minister, asking her to ‘unequivocally’ recommit to a fairer funding settlement for the county’s schools.
In the letter, the MPs express their ‘deep unease’ about the proposed changes to the education funding formula, which would see many schools in the historically underfunded county losing funding.
As well as asking the Prime Minister to do ‘everything possible’ to prevent Devon’s schools becoming worse off, the MPs are also calling on the Prime Minister make the introduction of a fairer education funding formula a key part of the forthcoming Conservative Manifesto.
The letter, which is signed by seven Devon MPs, says:
‘You will be aware of the deep unease of many of us concerning the proposed changes to the education funding formula which will have an adverse impact on many of our historically underfunded schools. We have previously made representations to you, Justine Greening and Nick Gibb about this matter.
‘We would ask that everything possible is done to ensure that no school in Devon is worse off as a result of these changes.
‘The 2015 manifesto made clear that a Conservative administration would introduce a genuinely fair funding formula for our schools. We would ask that this pledge is unequivocally restated in the 2017 manifesto. This will underscore our commitment to our part of the country, which felt ignored and neglected for so many years until these positive pledges were made prior to the successful 2015 General Election’.
The letter to the Prime Minister has been signed by the following Conservative MPs:
- Sir Hugo Swire
- Neil Parish
- Anne Marie Morris
- Sarah Wollaston
- Peter Heaton-Jones
- Geoffrey Cox
- Gary Streeter