Sticky time for red tape

13th February 1998 at 00:00
The Government is to give itself new powers to penalise local education authorities which spend too much on red tape, writes Frances Rafferty.

Stephen Byers, the school standards minister, said there was wide variation in the amount that councils spend on "service strategy and regulation" (SSR) - for example, the costs of education committee meetings and the chief education officer's salary.

Total spending under this heading is Pounds 142 million, and Mr Byers says more of this money should be going directly to schools.

The minister was, however, described as ill-informed and lacking in integrity by David Wilcox, deputy chair of the Local Government Association. He said only 4 per cent of LEA spending was on administration.

But while ministers are waving a stick, their officials are being more pragmatic. All authorities have received a letter on accounting practices which advises them to ensure the dry-cleaning bill for the mayor's robes does not end up in the SSR budgets.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now