MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
Hornsey and Wood Green children are now benefiting from extra money for local schools – thanks to the success of our long-running campaign for fairer funding in Haringey. We’re making sure the Council allocates it fairly.
One of my longest running and most popular campaigns is for fairer funding for Haringey’s schools.
After lots of lobbying, petitioning and meetings with ministers, including raising the issue with Gordon Brown at Prime Minister’s Questions, I got the Government to agree the issue needs reviewing.
Last year, after five years of tireless campaigning, I was delighted to secure £7.3 million in extra funding for Haringey schools from Government.
This righted a historic injustice whereby our local schools received less funding than neighbouring boroughs, because they were classified as ‘inner London’ for costs like teachers’ wages (which made costs higher), but as ‘outer London’ for funding purposes (which made the funding lower).
On top of this extra funding, Liberal Democrats in Government delivered our Pupil Premium policy, which last year gave Haringey schools an additional £8.8 million, rising to over £13 million next academic year.
But – the campaign is not over. Labour-run Haringey Council have implemented an unfair funding formula that will see 12 schools in my constituency actually lose money, in favour of those in the other half of the borough. Shockingly, they have turned around and blamed the Government for this!
I was absolutely livid at this shocking display of party political cynicism at the cost of our children’s education. I will not rest until this wrong is redressed, and all our children get the start to life they deserve.