Annal Nayyar – blogs interesting article that suggests Government funding insufficient for school repairs

Annal Nayyar – blogs interesting article that suggests Government funding insufficient for school repairs

Schools are overcrowded and falling apart thanks to a £3.6bn shortfall in government funding for maintenance, according to the Labour Party.

Figures obtained through Freedom of Information requests suggest less than a quarter of England’s school maintenance costs will be covered by the £595m of capital allocated to councils, Labour said.

 

The Department for Education (DfE) dismissed the claim, suggesting that spending on school improvements had increased under the Coalition Government.

The Labour Party found 89 councils in England have school repair costs totalling over £3.6bn.

FOI responses from 89 local authorities suggest the total cost of school repairs in these regions amounts to £3,606,502,746, Labour found.

Labour’s shadow education secretary, Stephen Twigg MP, said: ‘Too many pupils are having lessons in classrooms that are crumbling, overcrowded or with leaky roofs. David Cameron and Michael Gove are letting pupils and parents down – they must get a grip.

‘Labour would bring forward capital spending on schools to get our flat-lining economy growing again. That would be good news for construction jobs and good news for children.’

A DfE spokesperson said: ‘We are spending £6bn over the course of this parliament on school maintenance and undertaking a nationwide survey of 24,000 schools so we help those that need it most.

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