I fully support our local schools call for more funding as over the last few decades schools in East Sussex have been underfunded by as much as 50% less per head of population than our neighbours in Brighton and Hove. Since being elected I have campaigned for this injustice to be reversed and was pleased when last year schools across the Lewes district saw an 8% increase overall in school funding. However I recognise that more needs to be done.
More money is going into our schools than ever before and school funding is at a record high. The core schools budget has increased to £42.4 billion this academic year and is set to rise to £43.5 billion in 2019-20. This follows the additional £1.3 billion of funding over and above what was promised in the last Spending Review. In fact, figures from the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies show that real terms per-pupil funding in 2020 will be more than 50 per cent higher than it was in 2000. I welcome that the Autumn Budget reiterates the commitment to improving every child's education, with an additional £400 million for schools to spend on improving their facilities.
Alongside additional funding going into schools, I am pleased that the Government has delivered on the manifesto promise to reform the way in which schools are funded. This is an historic reform and, for the very first time, funding is being distributed based on the individual needs of every school. Schools are already benefitting from this and next a year, schools that have been historically underfunded will attract up to 6 per cent more per pupil compared to 2017-18. This will mean more money for our local schools in Sussex.