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BLUNKETT TO CUT RED TAPE IN SCHOOLS - AND BYPASS LEAs

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Paperwork in schools will be cut by half next year and more money will go directly to schools, education secretary ...
Paperwork in schools will be cut by half next year and more money will go directly to schools, education secretary David Blunkett will tell head teachers this week, reported The Independent on Sunday (7)

In a wide-ranging speech to the National Association of Head Teachers on Thursday, Mr Blunkett will address two main complaints: that schools are weighed down by bureaucracy, and that extra funds for schools are not being passed on to schools by local authorities.

Last week Conservative leader William Hague promised schools would receive an extra£2bn to spend as part of his party's plan to set them free from local authorities.

In this year's Budget chancellor Gordon Brown said that every school would have (between£9,000 to£44,000) paid directly into its coffers this year after complaints that local educations authorities are spending too much on administration.

Government ministers, who are now looking at other ways to bypass local authorities in the funding of education, point out that nearly£1bn more is going directly to schools than at the time of the last election. A green paper on local government finance is due to be published this summer.
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