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LGA CONF: SCHOOLS GET£1BN CASH BOOST FROM EFFICIENT COUNCILS

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LGA education leaders have praised local authorities for meeting government targets in passing cash to schools and ...
LGA education leaders have praised local authorities for meeting government targets in passing cash to schools and cutting central bureaucracy.

The 9.8 per cent increase in delegated funding announced by the DfEE today (see LGCnet) demonstrates the commitment to education by LEAs - and means£1bn more has reached schools.

Speaking from the LGA's annual conference in Bournemouth, Graham Lane, education chair said: 'It has always been misleading to suggest that councils hold back money from schools.

'Cash may not be sent direct but it is delivered through LEA-run services such as provision for children with English as a second language and school transport.

'The LGA welcomes today's figures which prove 143 out of 150 local authorities have met delegation targets, proving their commitment to education and raising standards.'

Cllr Lane told LGCnet he believed there may be a 'misunderstanding' as to how Fair Funding worked:

'Some people in Whitehall don't understand how Fair Funding works. Civil servants just look at raw figures.' He suggested holding a seminar for them.

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