Campaigners demanding a better deal for Derbyshire schools have welcomed plans for a reformed funding formula.
Chancellor George Osborne is pledging to alter the current system which critics say discriminates against rural counties.
Derbyshire says it is one of the 40 poorest-funded authorities in England and is part of the campaign which has been pushing for a rethink.
It is expected changes will only be implemented after the next election.
Coun Ivan Ould said: “Mr Osborne’s pledge is a huge step forward for our campaign for fair funding. With his backing we stand a much greater chance of seeing a new national formula introduced.
“The fact is pupils and schools in Derbyshire have been disadvantaged by an archaic system - and for nearly 20 years have been the poor relations.”