However, in a letter to The Times (p19) Sean Williams, of the Centre for Policy Studies and author of a report on the Bill, says education secretary David Blunkett will also gain 71 new powers and duties, 52 new powers to make regulations, 13 to issue guidance and two to issue codes of practice.
He writes: 'The government's claim that 100% of budgets will be delegated to schools is highly misleading. LEAs will be able to retain as much as they like out of the total education budget - currently 25% on average - before deciding how much to delegate to schools.
'In fact, the new arrangements allow them to retain more than currently because there will be no minimum delegation limit as at present. It does not help schools to delegate minor administrative decisions, such as who shall manage the payroll, while taking tighter control over important decisions, such as how the school shall recruit teachers.'