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DORRELL ACCUSES LABOUR OF MISLEADING OVER SCHOOLS CASH

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Shadow education secretary Stephen Dorrell said David Blunkett's claims since Labour's first budget that there woul...
Shadow education secretary Stephen Dorrell said David Blunkett's claims since Labour's first budget that there would be an extra£835m specifically for use in schools were not borne out now that local authorities had set their budgets.

Speaking on BBC Radio Four's Today programme, Mr Dorrell said: 'We have been round every local authority and asked what has been the increase in the budgets set for schools and the answer is£300m short of the number that Mr Blunkett has been using.'

Margaret Hodge, Labour chair of the Commons education select committee, said Mr Dorrell had ignored the£59m set aside for literacy, the£200m going into the standards fund and the money spent by education authorities on children with special educational needs.

She added: 'There are some authorities that have failed to pass the money that has been given to the local education authorities on to schools. The worst offenders are, of course, the Conservative authorities. Take Buckinghamshire, which has passed only 0.1 per cent of the 5.7 per cent on to schools; take Westminster which has passed just over 3 per cent; Wandsworth which has passed over 1.3 per cent; Kensington and Chelsea, 2.4 per cent.'
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