Neil has used his first day back in Parliament to support a national campaign aimed at increasing education funding for 16 to 18 year olds.
Neil attended an event organised by the Raise the Rate campaign for MPs that are backing its call for the government to increase the core funding rate for 16 to 18 year old students from £4,000 per year to at least £4,760 per year.
Last week, Neil joined a cross-party group of 93 MPs in signing a letter to Chancellor Sajid Javid urging him to increase the funding rate. On Saturday, the government announced that it would do so in today’s spending round, which is good progress. However, the Raise the Rate campaign and Parliament’s education select committee is calling for more - and Neil will work hard in Parliament to lobby Ministers to get greater investment still for Tiverton & Honiton students.
“I’m supporting the Raise the Rate campaign to ensure that the excellent school sixth forms and colleges in Tiverton & Honiton receive the funding they need to deliver a world class education to our young people. The funding announced by the Chancellor today is welcome, but we need more still…
It is important that we build on the investment announced today - the first meaningful new funding for mainstream sixth form education in a decade - and I’ll be campaigning for a bigger increase in the three year spending review planned for next year".