David Rut­ley

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

I SUP­PORT the aims of the new pro­posed Schools Na­tional Fund­ing For­mula to have a fairer, more trans­par­ent ap­proach to the fund­ing of schools across the coun­try.

How­ever, I am con­cerned about the po­ten­tial im­pact these cur­rent pro­pos­als would have on lo­cal schools, as the pro­pos­als would lead to Cheshire East be­com­ing the low­est funded lo­cal author­ity area na­tion­ally.

I was part of a del­e­ga­tion, in­clud­ing other lo­cal MPs, lo­cal head teach­ers and the leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil, Coun Rachel Bai­ley, which met with Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Min­is­ter of State for School Stan­dards at the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, in Jan­uary to dis­cuss and ad­dress is­sues re­lat­ing to the fund­ing for­mula pro­pos­als.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the Min­is­ter lis­tened to the con­cerns raised and said that he would do more fi­nan­cial mod­el­ling to bet­ter un­der­stand how the pro­posed fund­ing lev­els have been ar­rived at for schools in Cheshire East and to ad­dress is­sues which had been raised.

A num­ber of res­i­dents have con­tacted me over the last few days re­gard­ing their con­cerns about the pro­pos­als. I have writ­ten to min­is­ters to en­sure that they are aware of the spe­cific is­sues that have been raised and the im­pli­ca­tions for lo­cal schools.

I would also en­cour­age all lo­cal res­i­dents who are con­cerned about these pro­pos­als to en­gage with the on­go­ing con­sul­ta­tion on the pro­posed na­tional fund­ing for­mula, to en­sure that the gov­ern­ment is fully aware of any com­ments they may have. The con­sul­ta­tion closes on March 22, and more in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.gov.uk/ gov­ern­ment/ con­sul­ta­tions/school­sna­tional- fund­ing­for­mula-stage-2.

I will con­tinue to work with Cheshire East Coun­cil and lo­cal schools in the weeks ahead to re­view any po­ten­tial pro­posed fund­ing anom­alies re­lat­ing to schools in Cheshire East, and also to work with min­is­ters to seek an im­proved fi­nal set­tle­ment.

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