Education Minister Nick Gibb
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Government 'creating new school places' - Nick Gibb

The government is addressing the pressure on school place numbers, the education minister Nick Gibb has said.

He told BBC Breakfast that the government was spending £5bn on new school places over this parliament - double the amount allocated by the previous government over an equivalent period.

But the Local Government Association says that councils have had to fill a £1bn shortfall in funding for school places, due to the rising primary school population.

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