In an article in The Guardian Lucy Powell said:
“The number of pupils is rising, yet at the same time as the increase in demand, the government has tied the hands of councils and local areas and made it harder for them to properly plan for school places. Their policy to force all schools to become academies will make this even worse,” she said.
“A fair school places system requires proper planning and coordination. Ministers must reverse their decision to cut out local communities from place planning, whilst removing the bureaucracy that councils face when it comes to opening and expanding schools.”