Schools to receive better funding deal

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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.”