WARRINGTON South MP David Mowat has won a firm government pledge that a fairer funding formula for local schools will be in place within three years. Warrington is currently amongst the 40 worst funded Local Education Authorities in England and received, over the last ten years, only about half as much as the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
In the Commons he complained that the current formula means that Warrington, which Ofsted reports as having 72 per cent of primary pupils in schools rated as "good or outstanding." can receive less funding than under-performing areas.
He told ministers: "The current formula, which we inherited, contains in-built bias and anomalies. Given that ministers are on record as saying that it needs to be replaced, why must we wait until 2015 before that process even starts?"
Schools minister David Laws replied: "He is right to chide by implication the previous Government for failing during a far more benign financial environment to tackle the unfairness of the national formula for funding schools.
"I can reassure him that we are taking action. We are already, in 2013-14 and 2014-15, simplifying massively the funding formula for schools, paving the way for the national funding formula, which we will introduce in the next spending review period."
That response means that the nationwide system will be introduced in 2015-16.