Commenting on the news about funding for more free schools, Cllr Liz Green, LGA Lib Dem Education Spokesperson, said: “This ‘Brexit Black-hole’ Budget means less money for the NHS and yet sees an increase in spending for grammar schools which will only widen the gap in the quality of our education system and just goes to show what the Tories truly value.

“It is also disappointing to hear the government promising yet more money for free schools whilst council maintained schools are left struggling for cash for staff, buildings and equipment. Councils must be given back powers to build new schools and decide where they go in order to provide suitable school places and be able to support their local communities.”

Responses from the LGA and a full briefing will be available later this evening at:

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