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Redditch MP takes party of f40 campaigners to Department for Education
7:20am Thursday 21st February 2013 in News
REDDITCH’S MP Karen Lumley has led a contingency of headteachers and school governors, who are all f40 fairer funding for schools campaigners, to the Department for Education.
In the meeting, Schools Minister David Laws MP expressed the Government’s commitment to work towards a fairer funding situation for schools in Redditch and Worcestershire, which are currently disadvantaged by a complex funding formula which sees schools in the county receiving £1,000 per pupil less than a pupil who lives under the Birmingham authority.
Mrs Lumley said: “I was pleased that the minister acknowledged that by the next election the Government is aiming to have in place a national fairer funding strategy.
“Although this is not perfect, it is still much better than what happened under the previous Government, which completely refused to address the unfair funding formula.
“I look forward to seeing the minister visit local schools in our town soon. He informed me he is very much looking forward to visiting Redditch.”
Mrs Lumley, as part of the All-Party Political Group (AAPG) on Financial Education for Young People, has also welcomed the Government's plan to introduce financial education to the school curriculum.
The new curriculum will see elements of personal finance included in both mathematics and citizenship education.
Mrs Lumley added: “I have been campaigning for greater financial awareness among young people for a long time now and am confident the new curriculum will go some way in helping to tackle two of our major problems; financial illiteracy and the wide spread misselling of financial products.
“I am very glad to see that the campaigning efforts of APPG Financial Education for Young People, and the Personal Finance Education Group have paid off. Ensuring future generations have a good grasp of finance is vital in reducing personal debt levels and creating a more sustainable economy.”