All budgets for academies are scrutinised rigorously by the Department and are audited independently The involvement of sponsors in running academies is designed to capture the imagination, expertise and challenge that an external perspective can bring to schools in the most challenging areas. Ready access to relevant expertise and skills within sponsors' organisations is just one such benefit.
Sponsors come forward voluntarily because they want to play a part in transforming the education provided in disadvantaged areas. It is disappointing that you have sought to suggest otherwise. I am happy to pay tribute to their commitment to the young people in these areas. Neither they, nor we, shall be deflected from getting on with giving those children the education they deserve.
David Miliband MP
Minister for school standards Department for Educationand Skills