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school funding: cutting the 'red tape'

5 March 2013

The DfE has announced their capital funding plans as a solution to the ever growing primary school population, which is predicted to grow by 18% in the next eight years. Councils have been promised a £4bn allocation of funds to provide extra school places and repair school buildings.

Many councils argue they have been hampered by financial restraints, bureaucracy and the scrapping of BSF. This has now been acknowledged and the efficiency of long term planning improved as government confirms available funding for periods of two years, rather than annually. However, councils still appear trapped in a ‘catch 22′ situation whereby they have a legal duty to provide places for children; but a limited power to do so as the ultimate decision on opening new schools lies with the government through the Academy and Free Schools programme.

A more streamlined process between local authorities and government needs to be introduced so that councils can meet the increased demands and carry out their legal obligations.

 

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