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Local authority chief finance officers.

Summary

On 2 April 2012 the Department published a consultation on Improving the assurance system for financial management in local authority maintained schools. The consultation sets out our proposal to approach individual, identified local authorities so that we can gain a better understanding of the problems they face. Strengthening the system should ensure that local authorities and their schools are managing appropriately the very large amounts of public funding they receive; securing value for money in their spending.

Local authorities are encouraged to respond to the consultation. We welcome all responses and will take them into account in finalising the proposals. Our aim is to publish the final agreed system for implementation from June 2012.

The deadline for responses is Friday 11 May 2012.