The document was sent to Hampshire Schools Forum chairman Simon Walker, urging him to consider Havant’s ‘deprivation’ when voting to allocate £1.3bn of National Funding Formula cash at a meeting taking place tomorrow.
Forum representatives will choose one of three ways to spread the money – which will give Havant a 0.6, 0.3 or 0.7 per cent increase to its core budget under options A, B and C.
Undersigned by all six of Havant’s Hampshire county councillors and seven headteachers and principals, an extract of the letter said: ‘Given the Havant constituency’s areas of relative deprivation in contrast to the rest of Hampshire, its schools cannot afford to be neglected. An endorsement of option A or B would ignore the specific requirements of schools within poorer areas such as Havant.
‘Consequently we urge you to make the right decision – to prioritise the poorest areas of Hampshire and ensure they receive the support they need by endorsing option C.’
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The letter outlined the lowest increase any other Hampshire constituency could receive as part of the vote is equal to the highest amount Havant could get under any option – with Gosport set to take a 0.7 per cent increase in its funding under option A.
It noted option C is the only choice under which no constituency – excluding Havant – would receive any less than a 0.1 per cent increase in its funding.
Speaking ahead of today’s vote, Conservative MP for Havant, Alan Mak, said: ‘Since I was first elected in 2015, I have been lobbying hard in Westminster to ensure our local schools have a fairer level of funding.
‘It’s important these gains are fairly distributed across the county, something the Schools Forum has the power alone to decide.’