"The report also details the exorbitant costs associated with the setting up of free schools, often in areas where they are not needed, which has the effect, in a rapidly worsening funding crisis, of further reducing the budgets of existing schools in those areas.
“Local authorities are in a catch-22. They are responsible for providing sufficient school places, but cannot build schools to meet the needs of the rising pupil population in their area. This is a ludicrous position for them to be in.
“The Government must get a grip. It must reinstate local authorities into the planning and provision of school places, and demonstrate that funding will be made available to stop school buildings deteriorating further.”