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COUNCILS SHOULD SQUEEZE SERVICES TO FUND SCHOOLS - CLARKE

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Chancellor Kenneth Clarke, campaigning in the Wirral South by-election, said that local authorities should squeeze ...
Chancellor Kenneth Clarke, campaigning in the Wirral South by-election, said that local authorities should squeeze other services to meet school budgets, reports the Daily Post (p3).

'I would give far higher priority to schools than most councils are giving,' he said.

Wirral MBC education chief Mick Groves said that since the Tory government introduced rate capping measures the local authority had lost£63m in grants.

He said: 'The government have endeavoured to try to force local councils - most of which are Labour - into bringing in very high council taxes by cutting revenue grants.

'As a result we have had to cut£2.9m out of education.'
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