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LONDON SCHOOLS MAY LOSE CASH TO SHIRES

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Councils in the capital are angered over proposals which could see up to£200m transferred out of London schools an...
Councils in the capital are angered over proposals which could see up to£200m transferred out of London schools and into coalfield areas and shire counties, the Independent reports (p9).

However, local authorities outside London say the capital's schools have been cushioned for years by government funding formulae.

The Independent reports that the move being considered by ministers would no longer concentrate on using race as an indicator in allocating 'additional educational needs' allowances. Instead money would be invested in council housing areas, areas where babies are born below weight or where seven year olds' test results are poor.

Wandsworth LBC leader Edward Lister warned of school closures and increased class sizes as a result of the proposals outlined in option papers seen by the Independent.
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