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Welcome funding boost for school places in B&NES

November 7, 2023 by admin in Don in Bath, News

The Government has announced an extra £500m will be given to local authorities experiencing the greatest need in managing shortfalls in pupil places.

B&NES will receive an extra £445,068 as one of the one hundred local authorities which will receive a share of the funding.

The extra funding comes on top of the £800m funding announced in December 2010 - double the normal annual level of support - which means that in 2011-12 a total of £1.3billion will have been allocated to fund additional school places.

The funding comes in the form of capital grants, which are not ring fenced. Local councils will be able to decide what projects this additional money will be invested in, for example, in small primary school projects.

Commenting, Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

“It is good news that the Government is investing nearly an extra half a million pounds for schools’ capacity in our area.

“This money will be a welcome boost to our hard work to ensure everyone gets a place at a good school. It will also be welcome news for the jobs and businesses as building can now ahead.

“There is more work to be done and this extra cash will not solve our problems overnight. I will be working with Liberal Democrat colleagues in Government on this to ensure our children get the fair start in life in the good schools they deserve.”

Cllr Nathan Hartley, B&NES Council’s Deputy Leader and the Cabinet Member responsible for schools, added:

“This is another welcomed financial boost from the government for our local schools. First the Pupil Premium funding, and now money for capital expenditure.

“Here in Bath and North East Somerset, this extra help will be well received in ensuring that parents can send their children to their local school, knowing there will be adequate amount of space for those that apply to attend.”