Northampton MP joins campaign to get fairer funding for schools in the county

David Mackintosh, MP for Northampton South
David Mackintosh, MP for Northampton South

A Northampton MP has added his name to an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron calling on the Government to deliver school funding reform.

A group of 111 MPs, working on a cross-party basis, are asking Prime Minister to implement the funding formula proposed by the F40 campaign group, which would ensure fairer funding based on pupil need.

Under the current system, the ten best-funded areas of England will receive an average grant of £6,297 per pupil this year, compared to an average of just £4,208 per pupil in the ten most poorly funded areas.

Mr Mackintosh said he did not want children in Northampton to miss out or be at a disadvantage due to inconsistencies in the funding formula.

He said: “I think the Government understands that school funding could work better and that the current system needs to be re-examined.

“Making school funding fairer is consistent with what the government is trying to achieve in the area of local government funding and across the whole economy.”

Councillor Matthew Golby, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said: “The discrepancies in funding across the country mean that schools in Northamptonshire have been receiving less than those in other areas, and I am glad that there seems to be some movement now to get this resolved. Anything that the Government can do to address this would be welcome.”