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Bradford schools contract 'delayed'

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A multi-million project to build eight new schools in Bradford is said to have been delayed because the government has not released the cash.

Construction work on the second phase of the£400m Building Schools for Future programme was due to start this month with the schools expected to open in September 2010.

But, according to the local newspaper, the£145m contract between the Bradford City MDC and the Department for Children, Schools and Families has still not been signed off.

The DCSF has told the paper that a range of major issues remain unresolved including affordability, bank finance and what it describes as “challenging sites”.

The second phase of the new schools programme involves the rebuilding of Beckfoot School, Bingley, Grange Technology College and Hanson School, both in Bradford, and Greenhead School, Keighley.

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