£1.3million ‘top-up’ for Bedford schools after Government corrects funding formula

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The Government has corrected a shortfall in the budget allocated to Bedford Borough Schools after it was discovered it would leave them £1.3million short.

A campaign, led by Mayor Dave Hodgson and supported by Mohammad Yasin MP, Alistair Burt MP and Conservative Mayoral Candidate Gianni Carofano, was started last month when it was found that the new national funding formula used by The Department of Education would have seen:

  • £1,000 less per primary school class
  • £1,600 less per secondary school class

Now the Department for Education has said they will top up the 2019/20 budget by £1.3million. This maintains the per-pupil funding rate for Bedford Borough’s Schools and grants the original funding needed to maintain primary and secondary education across the Borough.

Speaking this afternoon, Mayor Dave Hodgson thanked the many schools, parents, political colleagues from all parties, and the Bedford Independent for supporting the campaign by raising awareness and the intensive lobbying effort that has secured this much needed funding.

But, he added, schools are still facing unprecedented funding cuts: “The top-up funding is fantastic news in light of the dire situation our schools were facing. However, it’s important to note it only returns our schools to a stand-still position when funds are already very tight.

“We’ll keep working to protect our schools and other hard-pressed local services from damaging cuts.”