Gove announces over £2bn for more school places

Published on Thursday, 19 December 2013 09:35
Written by Govtoday staff

Education Secretary Michael Gove has today announced £2.35 billion to create more school places up to 2017. This is in addition to the £5 billion that will have been spent on new school places by 2015.

It is the first time councils have had 3-year allocations of funding to spend on school places. It means they can plan ahead and ensure every child has a school place.

In a written ministerial statement issued today, Mr Gove announced that 260,000 new school places have been created to date, and that many more were on their way.

He also announced:

  • Sebastian James's review of progress since his original report on education capital
  • the dedicated schools grant for 2014 to 2015
  • further information on the £150 million of capital funding to support universal free school meals

Education Secretary Michael Gove said: "This government's overriding priority for capital investment is to ensure every child has a place at school. Demographic pressures have put strain on schools in many parts of the country.

"That is why we have more than doubled funding for new places to £5 billion in this parliament. By May 2013, this investment had already helped to create an additional 260,000 school places with more still to come. Today I am announcing an additional £2.35 billion to support local authorities to plan and create new school places that will be needed by 2017."

Source: Department for Education

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