in Warwickshire say they are hopeful of winning extra cash for the
county’s schools following a meeting with a government minister.
They met Minister
for Local Government Hilary Armstrong yesterday to plead their case for
a review of the way funding is calculated.
Compared to other
areas, Warwickshire loses out because of the way the Standard Spending
Assessment is worked out.
financial needs for hundreds of different services are tied to a
calculation made in 1991.
say the formula is unfair and it leaves them with a shortfall.
Cllr Ian Bottrill said schools in the country fell victim the most to
the injustice and an extra £130 per child was needed to bring the
county up to scratch.
looks at a lot of special factors, like special needs, but doesn’t
pay enough attention to the basic core needs for everybody.”
said there have also been severe problems funding other areas including
the fire service.
by 35 per cent of our SSA, but we still don’t meet the requirements
set by the Home Office.
“We are very
hopeful that our views have been taken on board. Very few other local
authorities have been invited to give their opinions in this way.
has a good relationship with the government. We have been quick to
adopt the new structures and we were a Best Value pilot authority.”
Leamington MP James Plaskitt, who was also at yesterday’s meeting,
said improving Warwickshire’s deal was his top priority.
break free from the SSA without their being a review of the whole
system. My job is to make sure Warwickshire gets a fair deal.”
in the SSA structure will be published in a consultative Green Paper in
the summer and a bill to make the alterations law is expected to come
out at the end of the year.