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PM urged to reverse plans to scrap school sport funding

David Cameron has been urged to reverse plans to scrap ring-fenced school sport funding.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said there was "deep concern" over the decision to end funding to School Sport Partnerships (SSPs) and called on the prime minister to overrule Schools Secretary Michael Gove.

At prime minister's questions on 24 November 2010 Mr Cameron said the approach taken by Labour had not resulted in a "lot of progress" on school sport.

Under the government's plans schools will be given greater freedom to spend money instead of having to target funding at certain subjects.

Mr Cameron said: "We are taking a very different approach. We are taking a lot of the specific grants that were spent on specific subjects and putting them into basic schools funding.

"What this means is the schools budget is going to go up by £3.6bn over this parliament.

"What we experienced over the last decade was, yes, a lot of money put in to school sport but we didn't see a lot of progress."

Mr Miliband said Mr Gove was "high-handed, incompetent and unfair" and urged Mr Cameron to perform a u-turn on the "daft" decision.

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