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BLUNKETT LAYS SSA FLAWS BLAME AT LGA'S DOOR

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Education secretary David Blunkett has blamed the Local Government Association for the continuing flaws in the stan...
Education secretary David Blunkett has blamed the Local Government Association for the continuing flaws in the standard spending assessment system.

Mr Blunkett told MPs: 'The area cost adjustment and the additional educational needs elements are serious issues and we accept there is a requirement to get them right.

'The problem was that the Local Government Association and others could not come up with an agreed programme of change in time.'

But the LGA has consistently told ministers it cannot adjudicate between the competing funding claims of individual member councils.

Mr Blunkett was replying to a Parliamentary question from Conservative MP Ann Winterton, who claimed the methodology 'disadvantages shire counties compared with London and the south-east'.
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