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Schools minister, Estelle Morris confirmed that the Government will not take account of local authorities' current spending on education when deciding whether to award them part of a pound;50 million special grant.

The grant is designed to reward local authorities who pass on the entire increase in the funding they receive from central government for education to schools.

n an answer to a question by Peter Brooke (Con, Cities of London and Westminster), Ms Morris said that whether or not council's currently spent more on education than the Government said they should (their standard spending assessment) was irrelevant.

"What is important is whether an authority increases its education budget by the increase in its SSA," she said.

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