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f40 annual conference 24.3.07
I was at the f40 annual conference on Sat, in Gloucs. It was very positive.
I used my point, directed at the Head of LEA and School Funding, dfes, Mr Dugald Sandeman, to highlight the ever increasing gap, between Worcs, the nat average and our neighbours (three times now what it was in 1997), saying that it was unfair and that no-one has to this day ever justified the huge difference, which has got progressively worse over the last 10 years.
Dugald Sandeman, the dfes rep (head of LEA and Schools Funding)AGREED with me that the gap had widened, and admitted that some authorities may find it UNFAIR. He then added that it should not be as bad for future arrangements.
Some people disapprove of my direct approach, but I will keep on raising our childrens funding predicament in the press and media, for as long as it takes to get it addressed.
It is only by continually raising the plight of our childrens funding situation, and by challenging various claims made by government depts and the like, that the powers that be will actually sit up and do something about it.
Watch this space! (and of course you can follow the f40 group progress with the funding campaign on the f40 website.