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STANDARDS AND EFFICIENCY MUST COME FIRST - BLUNKETT

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Labour wants local authorities to spend a target maximum of£50 per pupil on central services, reports the Evening ...
Labour wants local authorities to spend a target maximum of £50 per pupil on central services, reports the Evening Standard (p12).

Shadow education secretary David Blunkett said councils should hand at least 90% of their total education budgets directly to schools. Tory-run boroughs in London pass on less than that, Labour alleges.

Mr Blunkett warned delegates at the Council of Local Education Authorities annual conference in Solihull today that they will be in the firing line of 'the Tory lie-machine' in the run-up to the general election and the government 'would blame them for its own mistakes over the pat 17 years'.

Mr Blunkett's full speech is available from LGCNet on request. Tel 0171 833 7324.
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