Govt funding for schools is spin over substance
June 29, 2020 4:21 PM
The National Audit Office had identified a backlog of £6.7bn repairs needed across England's 21,000 schools, but the government has today promised just a sixth of the funding at £1bn for 50 major school building projects in England, with a further £560m for repairs to crumbling school buildings over ten years.
Responding to the Government's announcement of a ten-year rebuilding programme schools, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran said:
"This is spin over substance. The funding is nowhere near the £7bn the National Audit Office has said is needed to repair our schools.
"Schools need urgent investment to increase space now, not vague numbers pulled out of thin air.
"Whether it's investing in schools or hospitals, time and again the Conservatives have over promised and under delivered."