Labour to promise councils new powers over academies and free schools

The Independent is reporting that the Labour party is promising councils new powers over academies and free schools.

Labour is preparing proposals to give councils new powers over academies and free schools in their area. Key figures in the party believe there is not enough scrutiny over spending, too much wastage and a lack of joined-up planning over how education is provided within boroughs.

It comes as schooling is set to be a major battle-ground with the Conservatives following Theresa May’s plan to allow new selective grammar schools to open. Jeremy Corbyn has consistently opposed moves to allow more schools in England to gain academy status, which means they can have a private sponsor and draw funding directly from central government instead of their local education authority. 

A Labour source told The Independent the party was exploring how it might deliver a degree of scrutiny and control over how money is spent back to councils.

The individual said: “There is just too much going on there with a complete lack of scrutiny and oversight.

“There is money being spent on things, that should be being spent on children’s eduction and that needs to be addressed.”

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