Campaign calling for school funding

A campaign has been launched to help deliver a funding boost to schools in the county.

The government has announced plans for a new national education funding formula, which could be introduced in 2015.

Conservative county councillor for Cramlington North, Wayne Daley, who has helped establish the campaign, has welcomed consultation for a national funding formula to address the way money is not “equally distributed” between schools.

He said: “There is a problem with the formula used by many governments which has seen schools in Northumberland lose out for many decades.

“We now have a campaign in place to make our county heard and get a formula in place that works for Northumberland.

“Schools in areas like mine have rightly complained for many years that their schools are underfunded due to a complex and long-standing formula which heavily weighs support for areas with higher levels of deprivation, which means better funding for places like Newcastle and a bad deal for some of our communities.

“We need to ensure the new formula delivers a better deal for south east Northumberland.”

Coun Peter Jackson, group leader of Northumberland Conservatives, who is helping co-ordinate the campaign, said: “We have now got in place a strong team of local campaigners to ensure that we get a better deal.

“With Labour now running County Hall it is up to us to make the case for a fairer funding deal for our schools.”

David Laws, MP, the schools minister, has said it is time the formula was changed “once and for all”.

Coun Daley, who met with Mr Laws to press the case for a better deal, said: “We have been campaigning on this inequality in funding for a long time.”