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Whitehall Emails Reveal The Hidden Costs Of Promoting Free Schools

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/aug/29/emails-hidden-costs-free-schools

The controversial Tory initiative to set up free schools received fast-track public funding after fierce lobbying from education secretary Michael Gove's inner circle of advisers, according to leaked emails.

Civil servants were urged that the New Schools Network (NSN) – a charity providing advice and guidance to set up the schools – should be given "cash without delay", in a disclosure which will heighten concern over the government's lack of transparency about the wider free schools programme.

The charity, which is headed by a former Gove adviser, was subsequently given a £500,000 grant. No other organisation was invited to bid for the work.

The award was made after an email from Dominic Cummings, a Tory strategist and confidant of Gove, called for: "MG telling the civil servants to find a way to give NSN cash without delay."

Excellent value for money I'm sure. It's only £0.5m a small drop in the ocean compared to the national debt.

I mean it's not like he's just given the money to his mate.

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