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Debt due to academies programme.

Debt due to academies programme.

Millions of pounds of debt has been inherited by councils across England as schools convert to academies, a BBC investigation has revealed.

Opponents say local authorities are forced to use their government education grant to clear the debts.

A BBC Freedom of Information request shows more than £30m has been cleared.

The Department for Education said local authorities should pay the debts as they were accumulated when the schools were under council control.

The Local Government Association said vital cash was being taken from schools not involved in the scheme.

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