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Councils divert monies from school budgets.

Councils divert monies from school budgets.

More than one in three councils are being forced to divert money from frontline school budgets to replace an axed government fund, it has emerged.

Figures show the impact this year of cutting the Education Services Grant (ESG), which previously paid for a range of school support services.

Sixty-one councils are now top-slicing school budgets to compensate for the loss, school standards minister Nick Gibb has admitted.

The figures were revealed following a written parliamentary question by Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Layla Moran.

Ms Moran asked ministers how many councils were now taking money out of the Dedicated Schools Grant – the main pot of school funding money – in order to provide support services which used to be paid for by the ESG. 

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