Rory Stewart MP has written to the Minister Caroline Dinenage to
express concern regarding the new funding rates for Early Years
provision, which will see nurseries in Penrith and The Border
potentially negatively impacted by new county-wide funding rates.

The new funding rates for 2017 will see an increase for most
providers, with the exception of Maintained Nursery Schools, who may
see a drop in income. As a result, Rory – who recently met with local
nursery staff at the Muddy Boots nursery at Newton Rigg – has been
lobbying the Minister for transitional arrangements to be put in place
to alleviate any consequences, and in particular to request a review
of the rate set for Cumbria which, as a county, is set to receive one
of the lowest national rates.

Rory Stewart said: “From the indicative figures the Department for
Education have provided, Cumbria is going to be one of the
lowest-funded local authorities nationally. Not only do I want to
raise the issue of the low rate for Cumbria, but also the
disproportionate impact that the plans will have on Maintained Nursery
Schools. Cumbria arguably deserves a much more generous rate because
of all of the indices of sparsity and a lack of access to services,
and I hope that the Minister will consider our representations

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