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£500 MILLION BOOST FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT - BLUNKETT

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Education and employment secretary David Blunkett today announced a further£500 million boost for schools - which ...
Education and employment secretary David Blunkett today announced a further£500 million boost for schools - which will make a big dent in the repairs backlog and enable major improvements to begin in 4000 schools across England.

The extra funding for schools will be delivered through the government's new deal for schools and public private partnerships. Speaking at the NASUWT Annual Conference in Scarborough, Mr Blunkett said:

'Raising standards in schools is at the heart of our education strategy - but crumbling school buildings make the task harder. That is why I am today announcing a£500 million package to ensure staff and pupils will have buildings fit to work and learn in, capable of delivering an education fit for the next century. This money is on top of the£115 million I announced last September and the budget announcement in March of money for new toilet and heating facilities.

'Repairs and renovations have already improved over 2,000 schools under the first phase of our New Deal for Schools programme and we are making inroads into the very worst of the school building stock. Today I am making a further£257 million available under this programme.

'This will benefit another 4,000 schools over the coming year and is

a clear demonstration of the Government's commitment to ensuring that pupils have decent conditions in which to learn and teachers have decent conditions in which to teach.'

'Better buildings mean higher standards and today's extra funding is further confirmation of the Government's commitment to ensuring that schools have the facilities they need to raise standards and prepare pupils for the challenges of the future.

'We have already started to use Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to tackle the backlog of school repairs, with the successful award of the first PFI contract to rebuild Colfox School in Dorset in November 1997. We recently gave support for a further ten schools partnership projects, worth almost£200 million.

'Today I am announcing five pilot schemes for new types of public-private partnership to tackle the repairs backlog in English schools. These schemes are expected to lever in private investment of around£200 million.

'They are in: Cornwall; Tower Hamlets; Stoke-on-Trent; Kirklees; and Sheffield. The projects range from the five most dilapidated schools in Sheffield to all 126 schools in Stoke-on-Trent. This is good news for schools, teachers, pupils and parents - and also for potential private sector partners with the expertise to help us modernise and improve the learning environment.

'Through partnership we will succeed in reaching our goal of all children enjoying the highest standards of education. This will also ensure that we have the world class work force we need for the next century.'

NOTES

1. Schools in England will share over£500 million in 1998-99 is made up of£257 million grant from the New Deal for Schools,£200 million through 'Public Private Partnership' pilot projects under New Deal for Schools and£50 million partnership funding. The partnership funding is made up of funding from local councils and schools own resources, contributions from the private sector,lottery funding and the disposal of schools surplus assets. This is in addition to the£115 million announced last September, which included£83 million New Deal for Schools grant.

2. The PPP projects being developed by are:

Tower Hamlets' scheme will provide energy maintenance and service for 34 schools;

Sheffield's scheme will involve the rebuilding of four secondary schools and one primary school;

Cornwall is developing a partnership Joint Venture company to help the Council take strategic decisions about the nature and delivery of this and other PPP projects;

Kirklees is to explore the potential for setting up a Joint Venture company to repair or rebuild and maintain 20 schools; and Stoke-on-Trent is to explore using a Joint Venture arrangement to provide repair and energy maintenance schemes for all schools in the city.

Government grant allocations by English local education authority area. For details of specific school projects please contact the relevant local education authority press office. This announcement does not relate to Scotland or Wales.

LEA Name TOTAL VALUE OF NDS2

SUCCESSFUL ALLOCATIONS

PROJECTS

£ £

Barking & Dagenham 1,668,000 1,548,000

Barnet 2,782,071 1,610,071

Barnsley 2,076,000 2,076,000

Bath & North East Somerset 1,078,027 1,070,059

Bedfordshire 1,382,000 1,382,000

Bexley 987,375 961,715

Birmingham 2,771,700 2,765,700

Blackburn 810,193 810,193

Blackpool 661,046 661,046

Bolton 1,433,659 1,422,489

Bournemouth 855,091 855,091

Bracknell Forest 745,500 745,500

Bradford 2,396,900 1,765,566

Brent 1,371,200 1,321,900

Brighton and Hove 1,065,431 1,065,431

Bristol 460,050 354,532

Bromley 582,700 582,700

Buckinghamshire 1,078,633 1,078,633

Bury 650,000 650,000

Calderdale 3,559,980 2,119,980

Cambridgeshire 1,596,268 1,596,268

Camden 643,986 620,517

Cheshire 1,566,890 1,566,890

City of London 0 0

City of York 691,000 691,000

Cornwall 2,072,398 1,501,020

Coventry 473,888 441,329

Croydon 2,941,820 2,227,540

Cumbria 1,632,666 1,344,420

Darlington 185,775 126,072

Derby City 1,149,812 1,149,812

Derbyshire 2,677,488 2,660,766

Devon 2,397,200 2,397,200

Doncaster 446,900 446,900

Dorset 3,115,000 2,570,000

Dudley 66,759,238 2,739,238

Durham 2,070,052 2,068,052

Ealing 1,045,000 1,036,000

East Riding of Yorkshire 1,508,680 1,508,680

East Sussex 2,113,000 2,088,000

Enfield 810,000 688,000

Essex 2,556,250 2,556,250

Gateshead 1,187,000 1,187,000

Gloucestershire 2,530,582 1,675,582

Greenwich 688,015 614,685

Halton 721,353 721,353

Hammersmith & Fulham 1,215,000 870,000

Hampshire 7,218,619 7,120,293

Haringey 2,147,160 2,125,120

Harrow 1,084,300 1,057,300

Hartlepool 431,728 246,000

Havering 333,000 333,000

Herefordshire 1,849,708 1,849,708

Hertfordshire 3,336,399 3,233,399

Hillingdon 1,392,630 1,392,630

Hounslow 1,578,644 1,505,066

Isle of Wight 932,242 730,241

Isles of Scilly 52,550 52,550

Islington 1,443,000 1,248,100

Kensington & Chelsea 550,563 526,779

Kent 7,304,000 6,979,000

Kingston upon Hull 503,195 503,195

Kingston upon Thames 767,000 767,000

Kirklees 768,528 768,528

Knowsley 474,825 467,020

Lambeth 2,191,688 2,191,688

Lancashire 3,507,489 3,467,541

Leeds 2,220,431 1,909,198

Leicester 3,041,856 3,041,856

Leicestershire 1,714,159 1,705,684

Lewisham 3,746,482 3,711,900

Lincolnshire 1,259,945 1,259,945

Liverpool 4,216,000 4,016,000

London Borough of Hackney 605,000 575,000

Luton 397,000 322,000

Manchester 2,829,300 2,827,300

Medway 1,186,618 1,186,618

Merton 1,288,311 1,286,989

Middlesbrough 1,512,944 1,360,000

Milton Keynes 926,520 824,728

Newbury 625,991 625,991

Newcastle upon Tyne 8,952,859 4,612,130

Newham 1,306,430 1,306,430

Norfolk 2,696,680 2,696,680

North East Lincolnshire 1,471,655 1,471,655

North Lincolnshire 1,320,263 1,320,263

North Somerset 1,617,238 1,617,238

North Tyneside 837,775 613,000

North Yorkshire 1,374,000 1,374,000

Northamptonshire 2,309,480 2,242,480

Northumberland 2,037,500 1,985,000

Nottingham City 1,309,081 1,309,081

Nottinghamshire 2,453,136 2,453,136

Oldham 2,591,367 2,591,367

Oxfordshire 2,453,720 2,387,257

Peterborough 1,255,500 1,253,500

Plymouth 1,289,025 1,289,025

Poole 905,310 905,310

Portsmouth 740,800 735,600

Reading 2,279,825 2,279,825

Redbridge 981,750 981,750

Redcar & Cleveland 941,625 780,300

Richmond 243,300 218,500

Rochdale 1,962,000 1,962,000

Rotherham 2,183,864 1,965,477

Rutland 1,127,200 1,127,200

Salford 3,060,460 3,060,460

Sandwell 463,955 463,955

Sefton 442,204 442,204

Sheffield 4,862,000 4,862,000

Shropshire 1,184,252 1,184,252

Slough 384,528 384,528

Solihull 1,795,035 1,525,780

Somerset 2,996,000 2,958,500

South Gloucestershire 2,294,180 1,507,180

South Tyneside 1,968,939 1,674,865

Southampton 724,414 712,087

Southend on Sea 437,012 437,012

Southwark 868,000 740,350

St Helens 1,969,000 1,369,000

Staffordshire 4,485,086 3,974,803

Stockport 2,206,114 2,173,544

Stockton-on-Tees 371,687 357,687

Stoke on Trent 4,476,039 2,798,616

Suffolk 1,578,900 1,578,900

Sunderland 960,000 960,000

Surrey 3,895,260 2,297,808

Sutton 1,406,000 515,500

Swindon 219,250 219,250

Tameside 2,637,550 2,633,000

Thurrock 508,516 508,516

Torbay 555,604 555,604

Tower Hamlets 2,291,025 1,448,700

Trafford 1,138,550 1,138,550

Wakefield 1,923,650 1,923,650

Walsall 1,954,600 1,805,100

Waltham Forest 996,522 921,222

Wandsworth 865,155 865,155

Warrington 1,083,164 1,083,164

Warwickshire 2,591,000 2,591,000

West Sussex 2,789,170 2,127,257

Westminster 1,004,849 987,634

Wigan 2,619,300 2,618,494

Wiltshire 907,615 907,615

Windsor & Maidenhead 591,390 591,390

Wirral 1,901,900 1,901,900

Wokingham 1,508,050 985,851

Wolverhampton 832,696 758,438

Worcestershire 1,630,565 1,637,302

Wrekin 674,405 674,405

All Grant Maintained 15,319,410 14,808,486

Schools

Funds held in reserve (nationally) for developing Public Private Partnerships£12,000,000.

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