Councils have been forced to cut back on school repairs, building projects and to borrow money to plug a £1 billion black hole in funding for school places, it has been claimed.
More than three quarters of authorities in England say they have not received enough money from the Government to create the extra school places needed in their area in a five-year period to 2016/17, according to a poll by the Local Government Association (LGA).
It warned that local councils are facing a challenge in creating places on time and in the right areas at a time when they are also short of cash to do so.
The findings, published just weeks before children across the country head back to school for the start of the new academic year, come amid a continuing concern about a squeeze on school places that has been fuelled in part by a rising birth rate and changes in local populations.
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