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LGA ATTACKS MOVE TOWARDS RING-FENCING

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The Local Government Association has criticised proposals to ring-fence central government funding for services suc...
The Local Government Association has criticised proposals to ring-fence central government funding for services such as education, reports The Financial Times (p5).

Education secretary David Blunkett yesterday told delegates at the National Association of Head Teachers' annual conference that the local government finance green paper to be published later this year will explore changes to the current education funding regime.

Sir Jeremy Beecham, chairman of the LGA, said: 'It would be wrong in principle and impossible in practice. If money is to be channelled directly to everything a particular minister is important, there will be no room for local autonomy left.

'Any why should ministers believe they could do a better job of financing schools than local government?' he added.
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