Annal Nayyar reports on recent report that Councils plugging £1bn school places shortfall

Councils are borrowing money or diverting funding from other budgets in order to plug a £1bn shortfall for new school places, according to new research.

The research from the Local Government Association (LGA) reveals that three-quarters of councils did not receive enough funding from government to create extra school places between 2011/12 and 2016/17.

As a result, 38% of these councils said they had to borrow money to ensure every child had a school place, with 50% using money earmarked for renovating school buildings and classrooms.

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