Published: 24/01/2012 16:30 - Updated: 24/01/2012 17:02

Education funding under fire from top councillor

Councillor Mark Versallion executive member for children's services for Central Bedfordshire Council
Councillor Mark Versallion executive member for children's services

A top councillor has hit out at funding for education saying it is unfair for children's in his council’s area.

Central Bedfordshire school children are being short-changed by an outdated funding formula, according to  Cllr Mark Versallion, executive member for children's services.

He said: “The average funding per pupil in Central Bedfordshire is among the lowest in the country and is the lowest in the area. Our school children are being short-changed by what is quite frankly an unfair and outdated funding formula.”

Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, Cllr Jamieson is to raise his concerns over the to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, MP, following a vote at last week's Full Council meeting.

"This council, with support from all parties and Independent members, expressed its deep concern at the very low level of per pupil funding received by Central Bedfordshire."

The current funding for Central Bedfordshire stands at just £4, 658 per pupil – nearly £500 less than the national average.  Only 13 other local authorities receive less money.

School children in Luton, Milton Keyes, Bedford, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire all receive higher funding.

Cllr Versallion said: “This funding formula is six years old.  It needs to change, not only because it’s unfair and unjust – it holds back the potential of Central Bedfordshire – namely our children.”

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