Historically the schools in this region have been underfunded and we have pushed hard to persuade the Government to review the national funding formula.
Two years ago, agreement was reached and we all looked forward to good news. The results of this review were announced earlier this year, but unfortunately they were disappointing and meant that although some schools benefitted, some received even less.
I have been at the forefront of a campaign to force the Government to think again. You can see my speech in Parliament on the subject here.
The Government have promised to take these views into account and come back with a new formula in the summer. I have committed to vote against it unless our children get a better deal.