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Stephen Twigg MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the release of the Department for Education Next Steps document on School funding reform, said:

“Creating a simplified, coherent funding formula is an important step, but only if the formula is also fair.

“When the Institute for Fiscal Studies considered the plans to move to a national funding formula, it showed that one in every six schools would have their budgets cut by ten per cent or more, while only one in ten will get an increase.

“The largest cuts may come in areas with real need like Bradford, Liverpool, Wigan, Coventry and Wolverhampton while areas like Buckinghamshire will see an increase.

“While there are strong arguments for reforming school funding, it mustn’t be a cover for further cuts to education spending.”

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