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TORY JOINS ATTACK OVER THE£878M 'EXTRA' FOR EDUCATION

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Education secretary Gillian Shephard has been criticised by the Tory education spokesman at the Association of Met...
Education secretary Gillian Shephard has been criticised by the Tory education spokesman at the Association of Metropolitan Authorities for claiming an extra £878 million is available for schools in 1996-97.

Solihull councillor Geoffrey Wright joined Labour education chair Graham Lane and Liberal Democrat David Cornwell in warning of bleak funding prospects.

In a joint letter to governors of schools in AMA councils, they say the government's funding formula only allows for an increase in standard spending assessment of 2.1% overall for education authorities. Cities fare poorly, with an average increase of 1.1% for AMA members.

The letter says: 'You may have heard claims by the secretary of state that an extra £878 million or 4.5% is available for schools . . . Such an increase could be achieved only by making massive cuts in other hard-pressed services.'
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