23 OCT 2015

Dr Dan Calls on Government to Deliver Fairer Education Funding For Suffolk

Dr Dan has called on the Government to deliver fairer funding for schools in rural Suffolk.

In an open letter signed by 111 rural MPs from all political parties, Dr Dan asked the Government to reform the school funding formula to a fairer model based on pupil need, under which Suffolk schools would receive a further £178.06 per pupil per year.

Under the current funding system, the ten best funded areas of England will receive an average grant of £6,297 per pupil this year, compared to an average of just £4,208 per pupil in the ten most poorly funded areas and £4,361 in Suffolk.

Dr Dan commented:

"I have had many meetings with headteachers and governors of schools across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and it is widely acknowledged that the existing funding model is unfair to rural counties like Suffolk. At a time of public spending restraint it is more important than ever that funding is allocated based on need.

"I want to make sure that our children and grandchildren studying in Suffolk's schools continue to have access to the best resources, buildings, and teaching as possible.

"This cross-party campaign is an important step in the right direction to achieve fairer funding for schools in Suffolk and I will continue to push the Government to deliver more money for pupils in Suffolk."

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Leaving the EU: Tourism and the Creative Industries — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (17 Apr 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this debate. As a remain voter, I am sympathetic to her position, but does she agree that sometimes one of the main drivers of tourism is the exchange rate, and one thing we have seen is increased tourism as a result of decreased value of the pound against the euro and other currencies, perhaps as a direct consequence of that Brexit vote? I know she...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agriculture: Trade Agreements (22 Mar 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to work with the devolved administrations on future trade deals for UK agriculture.