'Too much paid' to build free schools

oo much money is being paid for the land and buildings needed for new government-funded free schools, the Commons spending watchdog has said.

 

Labour MP Meg Hillier, who chairs the Public Accounts Committee, said the Education Funding Agency, which oversees free schools, had paid above the market value in 60% of cases.

 

And some purchased sites had later been deemed unsuitable to turn into schools.

 

The government said it paid over the odds only if there was no alternative.

 

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