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County Council welcomes funding announcement in Queen's Speech

Published Friday, 20th December 2019

Worcestershire County Council has welcomed yesterday’s announcement in the Queen’s Speech, which will see a much needed increase in funding for education.

Following yesterday’s announcement, funding for schools across England will rise to £7.1billion by 2022-2023.

Minimum levels of per pupil spending are increasing to £5,000 in secondary and £3,750 in primary and then £4,000 for primary in the following year, the Government says.

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.”

Yesterday’s funding increase follows on from a funding boost announced earlier this year, which saw an extra £2.6 billion announced 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.

The County Council has, for a number of years, been a key member of the F40 Group which represents the lowest funded local authorities.

The Council continues to take an extremely active part in the group's work being represented on the Executive Committee.