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37 PER CENT INCREASE IN SCHOOL BUILDINGS FUND

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Schools minister Charles Clarke has announced allocations to local education authorities and schools of£575 millio...
Schools minister Charles Clarke has announced allocations to local education authorities and schools of£575 million for building, maintaining and improving school buildings for 1999-2000 - a 37% increase over the 1998-99 programme. The£575 million allocations are made up of:£454 million credit approvals to local education authorities for building work at county and voluntary controlled (local authority) schools; and£121 million for voluntary aided schools.

Mr Clarke said:

'This is very good news for the pupils in our schools, as well as for their parents, teachers, school governors and local education authorities. The capital allocations to local education authorities and schools are the next stage in a process which will commit£1.35 billion in central Government support for building projects at maintained schools beginning in 1999-2000.

'This allocation is part of our£5.4 billion investment programme we announced last month to tackle the school repairs backlog, which has built up over the past 20 years. This funding will go a long way to provide decent conditions for pupils and teachers to learn and teach in.

'Of the£454 million allocated to local education authorities:

£89 million will help provide 45,000 new school places where the population is rising;£87 million will support cost-effective surplus place removal schemes, including three large-scale reorganisations targeted on raising educational standards; £16 million is being devoted to improving facilities for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN);£15 million is available to meet local education authority's contribution to work at voluntary aided schools; and a£60 million formula allocation of credit approvals to meet locally determined priorities.

'Included within this announcement today are 80 new major projects each costing£250,000 or more, which have been approved for funding at voluntary aided and special agreement schools. This is compared to 71 announced last year. Funds announced for these projects, together with extra funds for smaller scale projects, will represent just over£43 million for new capital projects in 1999-2000.

'We are also making available£40 million to voluntary aided schools for repair grants in line with projected demand and increasing from£18 million to£23.5 million the amount available through local education authorities for minor works.'

NOTES

1. Annual Capital Guidelines (ACG) are the notional total of credit approvals relating to capital projects for education. Each LEA's ACG is determined on the basis of an assessment of its capital needs which takes account of the number of pupils in each LEA's schools, new places needed to accommodate local populations growth, the need to remove surplus places, and proposals to improve facilities for pupils with Special Educational Needs. The education ACG forms part of the authority's Basic Credit Approval (BCA) which also takes account of each authority's capacity to finance capital expenditure from capital receipts. BCAs are determined and announced by the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions

2. The governing body, and not the LEA is responsible for building work at voluntary aided (mostly church) schools. They pay 15% of the cost of work for which they are responsible, the remainder (85%) being covered by grant. Major works are those costing£250,000 or more. Minor works projects are those in the£10,000 to£249,999 cost range. Individually named minor works are those which meet priority categories (for example, to accommodate population growth or remove surplus places) Other minor works projects (for example, improvement projects) are funded by a formula allocation administered by LEAs. Repairs are paid for in the same proportions from a separate budget, paid direct to governors from the DfEE.

3. Governors of grant-maintained schools own and maintain their school buildings, with the help of capital grant administered by the Funding Agency for Schools

4. Of the 80 major projects at voluntary aided and special agreement schools, 32 are approved for building work and the remaining 48 for initial design work.

5. This announcement is in addition to the allocation of PFI credits totalling£225 million to 11 local authorities to cover the development of improved facilities at 76 schools announced by Hilary Armstrong, Local Government Minister, on 3 December. In 1998-99£130 million of PFI Credits are available to support schools PFI projects, compared with£35 million investment supported in 1997-98. The level of Credits for 1999-2000 has been increased to£350 million. So far 33 schools Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects covering almost 500 schools have been approved by DfEE and the Treasury chaired inter-departmental Project Review Group (PRG).

6. Education and employment secretary David Blunkett announced on 25 November a£5.4 billion investment programme in school buildings over the next three years, comprising£1.35 billion of central government support (credit approvals, grant and PFI credits) in 1999-2000,£1.5 billion in 2000-2001 and£1.8 billion in 2002-2002, complemented by£800 million over the period from governors of VA schools and LA capital receipts.

1999 - 2000 ANNUAL CAPITAL GUIDLINES FOR LOCAL EDUCATION AUTHORITIES

LEA Name Total (#000's)

Bedfordshire 2,992

Cambridgeshire 7,204

Essex 13,328

HERTFORDSHIRE 5,372

Luton 598

Norfolk 4,638

Peterborough City Council 256

Southend on Sea 154

Suffolk 5,448

Thurrock 138

EASTERN REGION TOTAL 40,128

DERBY CITY 822

DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL 3,872

Leicester City 288

LEICESTERSHIRE 2,484

LINCOLNSHIRE 1,922

Northamptonshire 7,788

Nottingham City 220

Notts 6,472

Rutland 16

EAST MIDLANDS REGION TOTAL 23,884

Barking & Dagenham 820

BARNET 1,846

Bexley 7,372

Brent 1,346

Bromley 2,550

Camden 598

City of London

Croydon 1,250

Ealing 6,004

ENFIELD 6,616

GREENWICH 984

LB of Hackney 1,968

Hammersmith & Fulham 3,004

Haringey 3,822

HARROW 468

Havering 218

Hillingdon 1,918

Hounslow 2,050

Islington 172

Kensington & Chelsea 40

LEA Name Total (#000's)

Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames 6,260

LAMBETH 128

Lewisham 210

London Borough of Newham 5,460

London Borough of Tower Hamlets 1,042

Merton 128

Redbridge 264

Richmond upon Thames 3,138

Southwark 172

SUTTON 3,770

Waltham Forest 1,970

Wandsworth 1,840

Westminster 66

LONDON REGION TOTAL 67,494

DARLINGTON 92

Durham 8,036

Gateshead 9,526

Hartlepool 82

Middlesbrough 130

Newcastle upon Tyne 1,046

North Tyneside 402

Northumberland 838

Redcar & Cleveland 2,048

South Tyneside 136

Stockton-on-Tees 1,134

Sunderland 7,166

NORTH EAST REGION TOTAL 30,636

Blackburn with Darwen 108

BLACKPOOL BOROUGH COUNCIL 172

BOLTON 3,486

BURY 148

Cheshire 5,184

CUMBRIA 4,138

Halton 106

Knowsley 1,344

Lancashire 3,010

Liverpool 10,194

Manchester 1,794

Oldham MBC 1,220

Rochdale 528

City of Salford 1,275

SEFTON 382

St Helens 140

Stockport 502

Tameside 1,282

TRAFFORD 2,528

Warrington 656

Wigan 4,688

Wirral 1,208

NORTH WEST REGION TOTAL 44,093

LEA NAME Total (#000's)

Bracknell Forest 104

Brighton/Hove 2,406

BUCKS 8,668

East Sussex 6,176

Hampshire 13,554

Isle of Wight 2,912

Kent 6,466

MEDWAY COUNCIL 680

Milton Keynes 7,758

Newbury

Oxfordshire 9,614

Portsmouth 1,374

Reading 462

Slough 132

SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL 836

SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL 5,810

West Sussex 2,946

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead 1,306

Wokingham 578

SOUTH EAST REGION TOTAL 71,782

Bath & North East Somerset 286

City of Bristol 1,871

Bournemouth 834

CORNWALL 6,932

Devon 6,400

DORSET 2,180

GLOUCESTERSHIRE 7,874

Isles of Scilly 2

North Somerset 2,124

Plymouth 484

Poole 560

SOMERSET 1,388

South Gloucestershire 3,586

Swindon 1,550

Torbay Council 1,874

WILTSHIRE 4,238

SOUTH WEST REGION TOTAL 42,183

BIRMINGHAM 1,254

Coventry 296

Dudley LEA 974

HEREFORDSHIRE 1,800

LEA Name Total (#000's)

Sandwell 302

Shropshire 3,454

SOLIHULL 3,504

Staffordshire 5,352

Stoke on Trent 266

Telford & Wrekin 516

Walsall 224

WARWICKSHIRE 2,204

Wolverhampton 216

WORCESTERSHIRE 5,928

WEST MIDLANDS REGION TOTAL 26,290

Barnsley 2,430

Bradford 2,700

CALDERDALE 1,058

City of York 1,104

Doncaster 500

East Riding of Yorkshire 4,516

Kingston upon Hull 524

KIRKLEES 1,598

LEEDS 2,574

North East Lincolnshire 1,862

North Lincolnshire 354

North Yorkshire 4,416

Rotherham 1,914

Sheffield 1,172

Wakefield MDC 2,148

YORKS & HUMBER REGION TOTAL 28,870

TOTAL 353,725

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