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Wednesday 19th December 2012 | 17:26
Following today's Local Government Settlement announcement on education services funding, a Local Government Association Spokesperson said:
"The LGA has long argued that the Government should only withdraw funding for the central education services that local authorities provide in line with the savings that authorities are able to make as more pupils transfer to academy schools.
"Today's announcement contains both good news and bad news. The Government's decision to base the funding transfer calculations on the most recent budget information shows our messages are getting through and will result in welcome savings of £180 million for councils up and down the country. This marks a positive new approach and helps to alleviate the unprecedented budget squeeze local authority education departments are facing.
"The bad news, particularly for local authorities which have already reduced their spending on education services, is that local authorities spending less than £116 per pupil will see more money taken out of their budgets than they are spending on education services for the schools they maintain.
"This will see those with a high proportion of academies in their area hit the hardest. It is very disappointing that for these authorities the Government has not offered protection on the same lines that it has for academies facing significant funding reductions from the new approach. We would strongly urge the Government to reconsider this aspect of its decision."