Bob Garnham, prospective parliamentary candidate for Cheltenham, member of Gloucester's education committee: "Although local authorities will effectively disappear there will still be a role for the authority in some areas of welfare, secial needs and transport."
Robert Stanton, Bracknell Conservative Association: "Theresa May clearly has tremendous ideas for changing schools into free schools. I think teachers and governors will be able to improve education at a free school."
Jean Talbot, vice chair of governors at Tunstead primary school in Norfolk:
"The main issue for schools is that they are overburdened with paperwork. Our previous head was excellent but she left, despairing at all the paperwork. I hope the free-schools policy makes it easier to find high-calibre staff."