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MAJOR BOOST TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR A RURAL STRATEGY:
The Independent Food, Farming & Countryside Commission hosted by the RSA in its report launched on Tuesday 16th July ‘Our Future in the Land’ has added its voice to the calls by the RSN and the House of Lords Select Committee for a comprehensive Rural Strategy (more to follow)

Schools ‘at breaking point’ over funding

Tes and the Shropshire Star report that rural schools are facing critical budget deficits because of the Government’s National Funding Formula.

In Yorkshire a survey of 38 schools found that 76 per cent had concerns about balancing their budgets over the next three years.

Shropshire Council is part of f40, a group representing 41 local authorities that receive ‘historically low’ rates of education funding. f40 has been campaigning for over 20 years to ‘address some of the historic inequities in funding between schools in different parts of the country’. 

It notes that, in largely rural areas, school funding issues are particularly exacerbated despite the Government saying that ‘since 2017, we have given every local authority more money for every pupil in every school and made funding fairer across the country’.

Full articles:

→ Tes - Schools ‘at breaking point’ over funding

→ Shropshire Star - Pressure on to increase funding for Shropshire schools

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