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GUARDIAN TAKES HARD LOOK AT SURPLUS SCHOOL PLACES

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Local authorities no longer have the power to ensure that the money spent on keeping unused places in schools is pu...
Local authorities no longer have the power to ensure that the money spent on keeping unused places in schools is put to better use, it is reported in today's Education Guardian (p3).

This is despite education secretary John Patten's criticism of surplus school places last month.

The paper says that there are fewer surplus places than Mr Patten claims and they are not in the places he claims they are.

'He is working on inadequate and outdated statistics,' it says.

Kent, Staffordshire, Essex and Wandsworth are all covered in the article.
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