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Gove's free schools take from Basic Need fund

Council finances are being squeezed enough by the coalition government, yet to plug the massive financial hole in his free schools programme, Education Secretary Michael Gove has taken £400 million from the Basic Need fund which was meant for local authorities to provide extra school places and build new schools.

The money, now spent on free schools, would be more effective in the local authority schools in Bedford Borough as it was intended.

Sticking to political dogma has hardly helped pupils at the Bedford Free School, which embarrassingly found itself rated as 'requiring improvement' in a critical Oftsed report this year.

Cllr Shan Hunt

Kempston North

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