Magazine article Public Finance

WLGA Attacks Teachers' Funding Plans

Magazine article Public Finance

WLGA Attacks Teachers' Funding Plans

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Council leaders in Wales have insisted they should make spending decisions on education after a report recommended direct funding of schools.

The National Union of Teachers Cymru published the April 10 report before its annual conference in Cardiff. It argued that direct costs - including such items as teachers' pay and learning materials - be funded nationally. Other 'indirect' costs, such as for premises and administration, should be covered locally.

The report, by consultant John Atkins, said direct funding could ensure that all the money allocated to education in Wales would be spent on education. According to Atkins' research, 14 authorities are spending less on education than they are allocated.

But the Welsh Local Government Association denied this. 'In recent years, it has been shown that, across Wales, local authorities have spent over the amount that is allocated by the Welsh Assembly Government and have prioritised education in local spending plans,' it said in a statement

It was essential that councils maintained their democratic role of making policy and spending decisions based on local circumstances and priorities, it added. …

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