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LIVERPOOL SCHOOL PLAN IS REVERSED

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Plans to close three Liverpool primary schools were blocked last week after Liberal Democrats on the city council m...
Plans to close three Liverpool primary schools were blocked last week after Liberal Democrats on the city council marshalled minority party support to narrowly defeat the ruling Labour administration.

Members were asked to approve the closure of two city schools and recommend the closure of a catholic school, as Liverpool struggles to reduce a surplus of 4,500 primary places. But an alternative Liberal Democrat plan, involving the restructuring of some schools and cutting down empty classrooms, was accepted instead.

The reversal prompted an angry response from education chairman Neville Bann, who accused the Liberal Democrats of trying to force the council to use money it did not possess.

Mr Bann said the 'cavalier' proposals had not been properly costed in consultation with the Department for Education and Employment.

But the Liberal Democrats claimed their plan would remove more surplus places than Labour's.
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