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BELPER’S MP Pauline Latham has welcomed the government’s announcement of a £2 billion school rebuilding programme and a fair funding formula for schools.

The programme will focus on schools in the worst physical condition.

Mrs Latham said: “I welcome the announcement of the fair funding formula.

“It is something I have been championing for more than 20 years, since local management of schools let the genie out of the bottle, with local authorities publishing school spending.

“It is not fair that one school gets £4,000, while another gets £8,000, for the education of young children.”