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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