MP Stephen Phillips speaks out about rural schools in the county
The MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham has pressed education ministers to ensure that rural schools in Lincolnshire have the funding they need.
Speaking during Education Questions yesterday Stephen Phillips urged ministers to take steps to make sure that adequate funding was available for school places in rural areas, which often cost more to provide.
He said: "My right hon. Friend the Minister will be aware of the extra costs of funding rural school places.
"Will he tell the House what steps the Government are taking to ensure that school places in Lincolnshire are adequately funded?"
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The responsible minister, David Laws MP, said that for too long Governments have been aware that there was not fair funding of schools throughout the country, yet in the past no action had been taken.
He added: "That is why the Chancellor announced in the spending review that we will be holding a consultation into a fair national funding formula for schools, which will deal with precisely the issue he raises."
Commenting afterwards Mr Phillips said that he was glad that the Government was not only aware of this issue, but was actually doing something about it.
He added that previous Governments had not acted, to the detriment of children in rural areas like Lincolnshire.