Following the Government’s announcement that Surrey County Council has been awarded more than £41 million in extra funding over the next two years for a ‘significant and unexpected’ increase in demand for school places, leader David Hodge said:
“We have pushed long and hard for a fair settlement with the help of Surrey MPs and this extra funding, which amounts to around 15% of the national total, is an important step in the right direction – but there is a long way to go.
“While the additional money acknowledges the huge strain being put on Surrey’s schools from ever growing demand for places, it only eases the short term pressure on our budgets rather than solving the problem of plugging the funding gap.”
- Surrey has been awarded an additional £41.3m for school places – nearly £13.2m for the next financial year and £28.1m for 2016/17.
- It still leaves a funding gap of more than £30m each year.
- The money is on top of the £60m already allocated.
- More information can be found on the Department for Education website.