Miss Blackwood said she sympathised with the disappointment of the schools which had been promised funding.
But she added: “It was a flawed programme and an enormous amount of money was wasted on bureaucratic processes, rather than the schools they’re supposed to help.
An enormous amount of money may have been wasted on the admin of it, but does that justify the stopping the funding? Have bloody big shake up of bureaucracy, which rightly should be blamed on Labour, and make some savings that way.
“At a time when we have to deal with the horrendous financial legacy of Labour’s Government, we couldn’t justify continuing the programme.”
Couldn’t be arsed thinking how to keep improving schools whilst not spending a shed load on admin, more like.