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Council gets £2m to spruce up school buildings

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SOUTH Tyneside Council has been handed more than £2.3m to invest in school buildings.

The Department for Education (DfE) has published the school capital maintenance and devolved formula capital (DFC) allocations for 2014-15.

Maintained and voluntray-aided schools in the borough will share in a total of £2,313,466.

A spokesman said: “This is an annual allocation of funding which can be spent across our buildings estate.

“The council has been drawing up a priority list of what maintenance work is most needed throughout the borough; and is developing a programme to carry out the work.”

The DfE said capital investment in schools must be targeted to where it is most needed and must be spent effectively, so that every child has a good quality school place in buildings which are safe, fit for purpose and well maintained.

Repairs

It will fund repairs and maintenance through £1.2bn of maintenance allocations and £200m of DFC grants to local authorities and schools.

This includes funding for the repair and refurbishment of academies through the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund, and for sixth-form colleges through the Building Condition Improvement Fund.

The Government has been reviewing the way it distributes resources to make sure schools are maintained as well as possible and the number of available school places keeps pace with population growth.

A DfE spokesman said: “We continue to gather a comprehensive picture of the condition of every school building.

“From next year, we will target maintenance funding based upon the condition of school buildings. In the meantime, funding for condition and maintenance will be allocated on a simple and transparent per-pupil basis.”

 

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