Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid says funding for schools is a "welcome" boost

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid has welcomed the news that schools in his constituency have been promised an increase in funding in 2018 and 2019.

The interim uplift, announced by Education Secretary Justine Greening, means Worcestershire's school funding pot will rise from £349 million to £358 million, meaning a 2.2 per cent bonus for the typical secondary school.

Worcestershire is among 101 local authority areas to get more money under the initial changes, while 49 will suffer reductions.

Mr Javid said: "Securing fairer funding for schools in Bromsgrove is something I have campaigned on since I was first elected.

"Children should have the best start to life possible, regardless of their background.

"I welcome this progress and it will continue to be one of my top priorities for Bromsgrove."

But the sum is effectively an interim stop-gap, with the Government saying it aims to "fully deliver" a new National Funding Formula in 2020.

Nationally, 10,740 schools will gain in 2018 and 2019 while 9,128 will lose, with the measures a sign of what will come in 2020.