Stephen Twigg MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the National Audit Office Report into the Department for Education’s management of the academies programme, said:
"This report raises serious concerns about the failure of David Cameron's Government to properly manage the expansion of the academies programme.
"Because of their failure to estimate demand, a £350 million black hole has had to be found from other budgets – more than eight times the scale of the West Coast rail fiasco. Ministers need to explain what education services have been cut because of this mismanagement.
"Michael Gove needs to realise that you can’t ensure value for money if you try to run 3,000 schools from Whitehall. We need greater scrutiny and oversight and local accountability to ensure school standards improve and the taxpayer gets value for money."