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BOSWELL WELCOMES 'GULBENKIAN REPORT' ON DISCRETIONARY AWARDS

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Further and Higher Education Minister Tim Boswell today welcomed the publication of an independent survey into spen...
Further and Higher Education Minister Tim Boswell today welcomed the publication of an independent survey into spending by Local Education Authorities (LEAs) on discretionary grants. The report shows wide variations between local authorities in the level of support they make to students.

It contains the results of a survey carried out by the National Foundation for Education and Research on behalf of the Gulbenkian Foundation and Sir John Cass's Foundation, with support from the Department and the Further Education Funding Council, into the levels of spending on discretionary awards in local education authorities (LEAs) in England and Wales.

Mr Boswell said: 'The overall position is by no means as gloomy as some had predicted but there are striking differences between LEAs' policies - differences which it is hard to justify on general educational grounds. I will want to give the report careful consideration before deciding what action may be necessary. I expect LEAs will also want to consider what needs to be done.'
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