Authorities skimp on education

28th September 2007 at 01:00
ALMOST TWO-THIRDS of local authorities will spend less on education in 2007-8 than the Assembly government expects, according to a new survey.

Research by The National Association of Head Teachers Cymru shows that 14 LAs will not spend the amount deemed necessary by the government two more than the previous year.

On average, schools will only see 75.6 per cent of funding held by LAs for education, with centrally retained funds amounting to as much as pound;1,500 per pupil, according to the NAHT analysis.

Former education minister Jane Davidson last year accepted a recommendation requiring LAs to give a reason in writing for the shortfall.

But Iwan Guy, NAHT Cymru school funding consultant, said: "If the government isn't prepared to act then education spending should be ring-fenced."

Councillor John Davies, Welsh Local Government Association spokesman for lifelong learning, said: "Despite increasing demands in other areas education budgets continue to rise."

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