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REDBRIDGE WARNED OVER EDUCATION SPENDING

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Hansard 17 Feb: Column 1088 ...
Hansard 17 Feb: Column 1088

Redbridge LBC was accused in the commons of not passing on increased resources to schools.

Mike Gapes, Labour MP for Ilford South, said: 'Despite the welcome increase in resources that the government are making available for education in Redbridge and the good results in our borough, there is widespread anxiety among teachers, parents and governors that all three political groups on the Conservative-led council do not propose to spend that money on education and that part of it is being spent on other matters'.

He asked the DfEE to hold urgent discussions with the council and all three political groups to solve the problem.

Education minister Jacqui Smith said that unless the council passed on its 6.6% increase in its education standard spending assessment to education and delegated it effectively to schools, it would let down the schools, pupils and governors. The education secretary had given a clear signal to local authorities that he expected the government's commitment to education to be replicated by LEAs. 'We shall monitor LEAs to ensure that they make the same commitment to education as the government, schools and pupils', added Ms Smith.
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