Education Secretary Michael Gove
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Gove defends schools funding review

The education secretary has denied making a U-turn after agreeing to review funding cuts for councils.

Michael Gove said they were "accelerating the pace of reform" and the review was needed because of the growth in academies.

Councils provide support services such as special needs education for state schools, but not academy schools.

Ministers had said the grant to provide such services would be cut by £148m this year and £265m next year.

In May, 23 councils threatened legal action saying the method used to calculate the cut breached guidelines.

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