Local MPs launch petition on fairer funding for Solihull Schools

Local MP Julian Knight has joined forces with Dame Caroline Spelman, the MP for neighbouring Meriden, to launch a new push to secure a fairer funding settlement for schools in Solihull.

Solihull is one of 42 local authorities among the lowest funded for Education in England. The current funding formula disadvantages Solihull, leaving local schools with less funding per pupil than neighbouring local authorities.

The local Conservatives have now launched a petition calling on the Secretary of State for Education, to urgently review schools’ funding in Solihull, and intend to continue to press the issue over the next few months.

Following the launch of the petition, Julian Knight said:

“Solihull schools are the best in the country, and we have already made great strides in correcting the unfair funding formula where Birmingham pupils receive more cash. Frankly I want to see more money in the system full stop – billions not millions. But remember, we can’t look after our hospitals and schools if Jeremy Corbyn trashes the economy.”

Dame Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden, added:

“Solihull schools are the best in the country, and we have already made great strides in correcting the unfair funding formula where Birmingham pupils receive more cash. Frankly I want to see more money in the system full stop – billions not millions. But remember, we can’t look after our hospitals and schools if Jeremy Corbyn trashes the economy.”