County Council welcomes education funding announcement

Published Wednesday, 4th September 2019

Worcestershire County Council has welcomed the recent announcement from Central Government, which saw a much needed increase in funding for education.

Worcestershire County Council has welcomed the recent announcement from Central Government, which saw a much needed increase in funding for education.

The funding boost will see £14 billion made available to local authorities over the next three years to improve education for children and young people across the country.

The County Council, has represented the lowest funded authorities through a number of groups for several years now, working tirelessly with a number of partners to raise awareness of the need for further funding within Education.

Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills, said:  “This announcement is a real testament to the determination of headteachers, governors, schools, parents and the local authority that have continually raised awareness of the need for further funding within education.

It’s fantastic that schools in Worcestershire will now receive some much needed extra funding, but this is only the beginning of what is needed going forward in the long-term.  One of the council’s key priorities for a number of years now, has been to improve the quality of education, help and support for all children and young people across the county, including those with special educational needs.

This funding will really help us to continue the positive progress the SEND improvement plan has made since its launch and help us to ensure all children are happy, healthy and safe.”

The County Council are awaiting further details on the exact funding position for Worcestershire.

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, recently announced a new funding package for primary and secondary schools.

The funding package includes an extra £2.6 billion for schools in 2020/21, £4.8 billion for 2021/22, and £7.1 billion for 2022/23 compared to 2019/20. This will bring the schools budget to £52.2billion in 2022/23.

Significant financial pressures within Education continues to be an nationwide issue that the majority of local authorities including Worcestershire are experiencing.