We are passing the money on

14th May 2004 at 01:00
It is a statutory duty for local education authorities to pass the minimum amount of the Government's per-pupil funding increase guarantee to schools and we are committed to working with member authorities to provide a stable financial base for schools. Indeed, many schools will receive more than this amount, albeit that the current funding arrangements will cause a varying effect on schools dependent on their individual circumstances.

Undoubtedly, there will be schools this year who are suffering from a deficit in their budget. Across the political divide, we have been talking long and hard with Whitehall departments about the problems with this year's funding arrangements. The LGA will continue to work with central government and headteachers to address budget problems in several schools.

Dave Wilcox Chair of the Local Government Association's education finance group Local Government Association Local Government House Smith Square, London SW1

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