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Haringey wins fight for fair funding for schools

Publication date: Monday 26 March 2012

Haringey has won its fight for fair funding for the borough’s schools.

The government has today announced that Haringey will be treated as an inner London borough for the purposes of mandatory teachers pay, which will bring it in line with neighbours such as Camden, Hackney and Islington.

It follows a long and sustained campaign by the council, trade unions, schools and local MPs to end an anomaly that has seen Haringey miss out on millions of funding for local schools.

Traditionally Haringey has been legally required to pay its teachers inner London salaries even though it receives outer London funding.

Haringey’s schools are now set to benefit from substantial additional funding from 2013/14.  The precise figure is to be confirmed by the Department for Education.

Welcoming the decision, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Cllr Lorna Reith said:

This is great news and follows intense lobbying by schools, the council and our local MPs working closely together to get the fair funding our schools need and deserve.

We believe the decision should have been made earlier but we are grateful the government has finally seen reason, and corrected the quirk in the system that saw our pupils miss out on millions of pounds.

Our teachers cost the same as inner London schools and the challenges our schools face are also the same. We have been saying all along that it is only right and proper our schools are funded accordingly.

Today’s announcement means we can start to look forward to better funding for our schools as we aim to improve the educational attainment of all our pupils.

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This is Lynne Featherstone's response to the news. Ms Featherstone has been an advocate of this change for some considerable time


I'm emailing to let you know the brilliant news about our 5 year campaign for fairer funding for our schools, and to end the injustice of Haringey's schools receiving so much less money per pupil than neighbouring boroughs. This week the Government has announced that they will correct the funding formula to ensure that Haringey schools receive inner London funding - bringing us into line with other boroughs like Hackney and Islington. As a result of our campaign, schools in Haringey will now receive more funding per pupil - a great campaign success story!

For decades Haringey's schools have had to pay Inner London salaries without Inner London funding - leaving local pupils short-changed. For 13 years the Labour Government did nothing about this injustice and when I launched our campaign back in 2007 I was a lone voice - here's my first blog post on the issue: http://bit.ly/fairfundinglaunch. But thanks to the huge support from the thousands of local Haringey residents who responded to our leaflets and emails and signed our petitions this campaign snowballed.

I visit schools and speak to pupils and teachers very regularly, so I know the huge difference this change will make for our children - particularly coming on top of recent announcements of extra funding for our schools through the Pupil Premium.  I'd like to thank all the residents who backed the campaign and have helped deliver what I hope will become a massive boost to the resources our schools have to teach our children.

However the full details of the new funding formula have not been published yet, so I've written to the Education Secretary welcoming the promised changes but demanding the very best deal for Haringey. Rest assured the campaign will continue until our schools have got the fair funding they deserve.

Kind regards,

Lynne

Lynne Featherstone MP
Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green

PS - Thousands of you have signed my petition since I started this campaign in 2007. This victory would not have happened without your support - and you have my sincerest thanks.

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