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.
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.