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Schools 'Should Have LAA Duty'

Magazine article Public Finance

Schools 'Should Have LAA Duty'

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A leading council chief has condemned as 'bizarre' the decision to exclude schools from the list of public bodies required to co-operate with Local Area Agreements.

Michael Frater, chief executive of Nottingham City Council and chair of the Lifting Burdens Task Force, said the government's education, education, education mantra had led to a culture where the Department for Education and Skills had come to view itself as distinct from the rest of government.

Frater told a Local Government Association conference on LAAs on January 11: 'The DfES behaves as though it's different We have to acknowledge that it's an organisation within an organisation and sees itself as a separate part of government That schools don't have a statutory duty to co-operate [with the LAA] just strikes me as bizarre.'

The local government Bill puts local authorities and their partners under a duty to co-operate in agreeing LAA targets and to have regard to meeting them. …

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