Lynne Featherstone celebrates crucial funding victory for local schools

Haringey’s schools are set to receive additional government funding after an announcement today by the Department for Education. The announcement set out the end to a long-standing funding anomaly which saw local schools receiving outer London funding but paying inner-London costs.

Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, launched a campaign for Fairer Funding for Haringey schools in 2007.

Local Liberal Democrats have welcomed the announcement saying that this proof that the campaign led by Lynne Featherstone, which was backed by all parties, is finally providing results. But, Liberal Democrats also say they will continue to fight for the fairest deal for Haringey’s pupils.

Welcoming the victory for her long-standing campaign, Lynne Featherstone MP said:

“This was a perverse funding rule that has deprived our schools of vital funding for decades and made it harder for our children to get the fair start they deserve.

“The parents, teachers and thousands of other local residents who have supported the campaign on this issue deserve massive credit. I want to say ‘thank you’ to them for their efforts.”

Councillor Katherine Reece, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson added:

“This is great news and a hugely significant first step to resolving the school funding problem in Haringey. It is also a great victory for Lynne Featherstone whose personal commitment was the most important driver behind this successful campaign. Labour took no action to stop this unfair funding system. Now, thanks to Lynne and the Liberal Democrats we have a government that is prioritising education.

“We will continue our campaign to ensure Haringey gets the best deal in the emerging National Funding formula when details are published.”