Council chiefs defend record of transparency in maintained schools

Local authority leaders have hit back at a Government suggestion that academies are more transparent and accountable than council schools. Local Gov reports.

The DfE argues that academies have ‘strong financial reporting measures in place’, including requirements to publish their annual accounts, declare or seek approval for related party transactions, and report on high pay for executive staff.

The Local Government Association says that it is ‘wrong’ to suggest that academies are more transparent and accountable than council maintained schools.

‘A key goal of the academy programme was that schools would be subject to less oversight and control, and the Department for Education cannot have effective oversight of spending in more than 7,000 academies,’ said Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board.

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