Lynne Featherstone

MP for Hornsey and Wood Green

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Fairer funding – hurrah!

Great news at the beginning of this week for schools in Haringey. After years of our campaign to get fairer funding, the coalition government has agreed to adjust the funding formula.

For decades Haringey’s schools have had to pay Inner London costs 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. 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.

The change brings us into line with other boroughs like Hackney and Islington in terms of the inner / outer inequality. As a result of this campaign, schools in Haringey will now receive more funding per pupil – a great campaign success story!

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.

Thu 29 March 2012
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  1. Asha says:

    Well done Lynne! A great result after years of campaigning. Glad to see your hard work pay off

  2. Harriet Harms man says:

    All the money in the world isn’t going to make much difference unless you get some decent, non-sexist, teachers and a fair education system that doesn’t’ discriminate against males. Even if we did have more decent teachers they’re only human and can’t compensate that much for the issues of family breakdown and fatherlessness.

    I think the coalition’s promise to deal with false allegations against teachers is a far more important and significant issue (albeit only a drop in the ocean).

  3. Mena Swift says:

    In relation to fairer funding; it has been drawn to my attention that an unemployed haringey tenant has been refused a rent discount whilst unemployed but has actually been given a rent increase instead. I honestly could not describe this as fairer funding. Furthermore, the unemployed person has been granted contribution based jobseeker allowance for 6 months through paying first rate national insurance contributions whilst employed. In comparison to the unemployed entitled to jobseeker allowance through hefty national insurance contributions and no savings at all only a credit card to rely upon as a readymade loan, Haringey is not matching the educational fair-funding received.

  4. joe says:

    Its a silly posting as it will amount to 10% of nothing.
    The reality is, you’ve wiped away £6bn of education funding- so Haringey might, and only might, receive more of an equal slug of a far lower amount of cash.
    In real terms, it will be a lot less than we receive anyway, about 38% less.

    Time you saw the bigger picture methinks and quit these ridiculous propoganda postings!

  5. Mena Swift says:

    Was the funding supplied less for education than other boroughs due to the fact that Haringey did not give a decent discount to those tenants wishing to purchase their residential property? Quite possibly, the educational funding party decided that Haringey could afford to fund their own educational system better than the other boroughs.

  6. Ragnar Vagmörnasson says:

    The ministerial line on the right of a worker to display a token of faith was laid down in a statement to European human rights judges. It gives the Government’s opinion in a key test case.

    The document, prepared under the supervision of Lib Dem Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone and approved by Home Secretary Theresa May, says Muslims must be content to keep their religion for their own time. Those who are unwilling to do so are ‘free to resign and seek employment elsewhere’.

    The Government submission to Strasbourg said … ‘the applicants’ claim of discrimination is manifestly ill-founded’ and said that the legal rights of Muslims were satisfied ‘where the individual in question is free to resign and seek employment elsewhere or practise their religion unfettered outside their employment’.

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