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COUNCILS TO BLAME FOR EDUCATION CUTS SAYS CPS REPORT

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A report by the right wing Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) says that local councils hold back up to 25 per cent of ...
A report by the right wing Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) says that local councils hold back up to 25 per cent of money provided by central government for local schools.

The Daily Telegraph (p13) says that the CPS report, written by Campaign for Real Education chairman Nick Seaton, claims that local education authorities retain the cash for their own purposes, hiding the deductions in confusing budget calculations.

The report cites Richmond upon Thames LBC as retaining 19 per cent of money received and Merton LBC as holding on to 36 per cent.

Although Enfield and Greenwich LBCs have both been allocated £106m, Greenwich would deduct £23m, while Enfield would retain £33m.

Of the £236m given to Norfolk and West Sussex CCs, the latter would deduct £53m but the former £66m.

Oldham MBC would hold back 22 per cent of its budget while Wakefield MDC retained 38 per cent, said the paper.

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