Neil calls for more Funding for Devon Schools

Neil called for additional funding for Devon's rural schools in the proposed new National Funding Formula. You can read the answer from the Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, below.

Neil Parish: Further to the question asked by my right hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Sir Hugo Swire), Devon’s small rural schools and the long distances that our pupils have to travel mean that we need more funding. While I welcome fairer funding, we are starting a long way behind.

Nick Gibb (Schools Minister): I accept my hon. Friend’s comments. Schools in his constituency will gain about £300,000 of funding overall—a 0.6% increase. On the basis of illustrative figures for 2016-17, 70.6% of schools in his constituency will actually gain funding, compared with 29% that will lose a small amount.

You can read the full transcript here.