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CASH BOOST ENDS FEARS ON EDUCATION FUNDING

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Many schools can look forward to more cash in their budgets next year due to a real increase in government funding ...
Many schools can look forward to more cash in their budgets next year due to a real increase in government funding made available to education authorities, reports The Times Educational Supplement (p12).

The Local Government Association says this year's settlement means even the least well-funded authorities will get an inflation level or above increase in the SSAs for education.

Stephen Lord, the LGA's head of grants distribution, welcomed the settlement. 'The overall increases and specifically those for education and social services are substantially above those of previous years when substantial numbers of authorities faced year-on-year reducations,' he said.

'One of the big unknowns is the teachers' pay settlement, and there is a one per cent hangover from the previous year. Nevertheless, it implies a three per cent increase in real terms - which is pretty dramatic.'

But Dave Wilcox, LGA deputy education chairman and a spokesman for less well-funded education authorities, claimed Labour had 'bottled' the chance to make significant changes - despite this year having more money available to smooth other the transition.
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