The term "admissions authority" refers to the body responsible for managing pupil applications to publicly funded schools (circulation of information, application forms, information about deadlines etc.). In most cases, the admissions authority is the local authority with education responsibilities in which the school is located (county council, shire unitary authority, metrpolitan district, London borough, Council of the Isles of Scilly or the Common Council of the City of London). Some schools handle their own pupil applications: these schools are also referred to by the Government as admission authorities, which can lead to confusion.