Academies Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:00 pm on 7th July 2010.

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Photo of Baroness Garden of Frognal Baroness Garden of Frognal Liberal Democrat 7:00 pm, 7th July 2010

My Lords, I support Amendment 11 in the name of the Minister and also flag up that we have complementary amendments coming up in the same group as Amendment 22. We have had a query from TreeHouse, which deals with autistic children, asking for assurances on the funding for non-maintained special schools. Under these arrangements, the funding will go directly to academies and not via local councils. Currently, local councils top-slice 7 to 10 per cent from the dedicated schools budget, which includes placements for children at non-maintained schools. Will the Minister reassure us about these arrangements?