\nConor McGinn has challenged the Government over the level of funding St Helens receives per pupil. \n \nSpeaking in the House of Commons, Conor noted that funding per pupil in St Helens is set to be over a хЃ150 less than the average across England. He added that in the same period his local authority was facing further cuts of хЃ23 million from its budget.\n \nConor called on the Minister to listen to the concerns of schools in St Helens North.\n \nCommenting Mr McGinn said:\n \n”Statistics from the Department of Education show that schools in my constituency will receive over хЃ150 less funding per pupil than the average across England this year. \n \n”At a time when local authority budgets are already under pressure, and my local authority is being asked to cut a further хЃ23 million, how can this be fair?\n \n”The gap in funding and the policies of this Government have put real pressure on schools in my constituency and their ability to help children, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, is being hindered. \n \n”Every child deserves the right to a good quality education and this disparity in funding is highly questionable.\n \n”I urge the Minister to listen to the concerns of schools in my constituency and act to ensure that we have a fairer allocation of funding in the future.”\n

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