Unfair Funding

In October 1996, the Centre for Policy Studies published the first ever tables of school funding. They illustrated that individual Local Education Authorities (LEAs) on average deducted over 26% of total school spending. The worst LEA took as much as 39%. It was suggested that the complexity of the system had enabled LEAs to disguise the true extent of their extravagance. The pamphlet – not unreasonably – called for the introduction of clarity into the system by which LEAs and schools were allocated their funds.

Nick Seaton - Friday, 27th October, 2000