National Funding Formula

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I regret the announcement from the Government that the National Funding Formula (NFF) will go ahead. I know you agree with me that the NFF approach of 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' will have a detrimental impact on London. What can be done now to ensure the education of London's children does not suffer?


Answer for National Funding Formula

Answer for National Funding Formula

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am also disappointed that ministers continue to ignore my advice, and the concerns of so many schools, boroughs and parents in London. The implications are severe, with every single one of the capital's 33 local authorities standing to lose funding on top of other school budget pressures. I have been consistently clear all year that the proposed changes to the funding formula are a regression for London. I have made formal responses to Government consultations, briefed London MPs for London school funding debates in the Commons and written to the Secretary of State for Education twice (in November 2016 and June 2017) to make this case. I hope that the London Assembly will continue to work together with London Councils and I to fight for a fairly funded school system that will work for young Londoners for generations to come.