MP challenges lack of funding for pupils

  • St Helens school receive £150 less funding per pupils than average
  • MP’s investigation reveals unfair funding formula
  • Leafy ‘Tory’ constituencies receive far higher cash hand-outs for schools

A St Helens MP has exposed how Government funding is leaving pupils in St Helens short changed compared to their peers.

St Helens North representative Conor McGinn said funding per pupil in the town was more than £150 below the average for England in a speech in the House of Commons.

Schools in my constituency will receive over £150 less funding per pupil than the average across England this year

St Helens North MP Conor McGinn

He also pointed out St Helens Council is facing cuts of £23m this year and urged ministers to listen to the concerns of local schools struggling to maintain standards with shrinking budgets.

The shocking figures on per pupil funding were revealed by the Department of Education in its official statistics.

Mr McGinn said: “Schools in my constituency will receive over £150 less funding per pupil than the average across England this year.

“At a time when local authority budgets are already under pressure, and my local authority is being asked to cut a further £23 million, how can this be fair?

“The gap in funding and the policies of this Government have put real pressure on schools in my constituency and their ability to help children, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, is being hindered.

“Every child deserves the right to a good quality education and this disparity in funding is highly questionable.

“I urge the minister to listen to the concerns of schools in my constituency and act to ensure that we have a fairer allocation of funding in the future.”

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