Bill Wiggin MP for North Herefordshire was in the House of Commons on Thursday 13 March to ask a question about the statement to Parliament on additional school funding.

Bill Wiggin MP welcomed the additional £2.6 million which will be awarded to Herefordshire Council.

From 2015/16 school funding per pupil in Herefordshire will increase from £4,306 to £4,430. An increase of £124 per pupil or 2.9%.

David Laws, Education Minister, said: “Yes, I certainly can. I’m grateful to my Hon friend and Herefordshire is one of the authorities which was underfunded by previous Labour governments.

Herefordshire will be gaining as a consequence of this announcement with its’ funding rate rising to about £4,430 per pupil.”

After the debate Bill Wiggin MP said: “The government’s right Herefordshire has been underfunded for years under the last Labour Government. Since the Coalition Government came to power in 2010 it has been looking to address this problem.

“I am delighted that Herefordshire has been awarded this extra funding, this is exactly what I pressed the Prime Minister for when I lobbied him about Herefordshire’s funding problems before Christmas.

“This is the latest in a series of good announcements for Herefordshire.

“In January Herefordshire Council was awarded £1,732,894 in capital funding for new school places between 2014 and 2017 and in the provisional Local Government Settlement Herefordshire Council was awarded an additional £598,000 for both 2014/15 and 2015/16.”