Politicians from across the Vale of Glamorgan have come together to call for the Welsh Government to provide local pupils with a fairer funding settlement.
The Vale currently receives the lowest funding per pupil in Wales – calculated by a system dating back to 1991.
Funding is worked out by a number of service-based calculations – known as Indicator Based Assessements (IBAs).
The Vale Council fund education by 548 more per pupil than that recommended by IBA – an annual deficit of 3m.
There is a 200 per pupil difference between the Vale and the next lowest funded authority – Newport.
At a meeting at the Civic Offices in Barry – Vale Council Leader John Thomas and Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning Bob Penrose discussed the situation with Vale MP Alun Cairns and South Wales Central AMs Andrew RT Davies and David Melding – as well as Schools Budget Forum Chair Dr Vince Browne.
An invitation was extended to all AMs and MPs representing the Vale.
Following the meeting – South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies said it was time to “send a message” to the Welsh Government that the situation could not continue any longer.
He pointed out that Llantwit Major School would receive an additional 600,000 per year if funded at the Welsh average – equivalent to a 1% rise in council tax across the Vale.
Mr Davies said, “It’s quite clear Vale pupils get a raw deal when it comes to education funding – receiving the lowest amount in Wales.
“This is despite the Council spending 548 more per pupil than the Welsh Government provides – after reallocating monies from other budgets.
“If we were funded at the Welsh average – Llantwit Major School would get 600k more per year. This is equivalent to a 1% rise in council tax and shows just how much we are short changed.”
[Picture: Local representatives from across the Vale at the Civic Offices meet to call for fair education funding for local pupils]