Education spending blogged by Annal Nayyar

A statement by the Minister for Schools announcing plans for a second phase of the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP).

I am today announcing plans for a second phase of the Priority School Building Programme.

Education is one of the government’s highest priorities. Even during a difficult economic climate, we have continued to invest in our education estate to ensure that the fabric of our schools is maintained and improved. Our aim is that every child will have a good-quality school place in school buildings which are safe and fit for purpose. That is why over the course of this Parliament we are spending a total of £18 billion on school buildings. Thanks to the decisions we have taken to improve efficiency and reduce waste in central school building programmes, this government is building or improving the condition of almost 900 schools – twice as many as the previous government. This includes building almost 300 brand-new schools, rebuilding and renovating 200 of the most dilapidated schools in the country, and delivering funding for more than 400 projects from previous programmes. Coming on top of building work undertaken by local authorities, the coalition is delivering central government’s biggest contribution to the school estate in decades.

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