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Call to reassess new free schools

The chairman of the Local Government Association children's board has called for a review of the free schools approved to open in 2013 and beyond.

David Simmonds says many are in areas where there are surplus pupil places now and big population changes are not predicted in the near future.

The Department for Education rejected this, saying the schools are meeting demand for places where needed most.

Newsnight's Sanchia Berg reports.

  • 14 Dec 2012