Annal Nayyar – Councils get three-year capital allocation to boost pupil places

Local authorities in England are to share in an additional £2.35bn in capital funding over three years to help them create the extra school places that will be needed by 2017, Education Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed. This follows the revelations by schools minister David Laws in September that the government was considering making long-term capital allocations to councils to help them serve the education needs of the growing number of school-age children.

In a written ministerial statement today, Gove said longer-term allocations for new school places would give councils more certainty in their planning.

‘The major investment I am announcing today will enable local authorities to make sure the there are enough school places for every child who needs one in the years to come,’ said Gove.

He noted that the number of pupils in England was rising and expected to continue to rise well into the next Parliament.

‘Extending the allocations to a three-year period will allow local authorities to plan strategically for the places they need,’ the education secretary said.

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