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EXTRA CASH FOR SCHOOL BUILDINGS

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An additional£30m is to be invested in improving school buildings, it was announced today....
An additional£30m is to be invested in improving school buildings, it was announced today.

The cash will fund:

* Energy efficiency measures such as improved heating, better insulation, solar panels and wind power

* Spruced up canteens to encourage more pupils to eat healthy school meals

* Cashless payment systems for canteens which provide anonymity for those pupils eligible for free school meals, thereby encouraging more to take them

* Enhanced sports facilities and playgrounds.

The extra cash will be added to the Schools Fund bringing the total available in the und this year to£131m, helping councils accelerate improvements to their schools.

At Castleton Primary School in Castlemilk, Glasgow, education minister Peter Peacock said:

'Pupils and teachers deserve to learn and teach in 21st century schools. The new generation of PPP-funded schools are transforming crumbling classrooms into modern 21st century schools and offering some of the most advanced learning environments in the world. This extra money will help upgrade and modernise facilities in our other schools.

'Today's money comes with a clear focus on sustainable development and health improvement - two of this Government's biggest priorities, alongside education.

'Energy efficient schools can play their part in helping our environment. And there is a knock-on benefit for schools themselves. Recent hikes in energy prices mean an additional squeeze on the extra resources being ploughed into education.

'By giving councils more money towards helping to tackle the most energy inefficient school buildings, our schools will be able to concentrate their devolved spending better on books and equipment.

'The extra cash will also encourage healthier lifestyles among pupils. Our Hungry for Success programme has revolutionised our school meals and we now need to do all we can to encourage as many pupils as possible to stay in school at lunchtime and take them.

'And by improving sports facilities and playgrounds, we can get more pupils to do more physical activity and develop healthy habits that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.'

SCHOOLS FUND

REVISED CAPITAL GRANT DISTRIBUTION - 2006-07

Previous 2006-07 Allocation

Share of additional£30m

Revised 2006-07 allocation

£m

£m

£m

Aberdeen

3.191

0.945

4.136

Abdnshire

4.439

1.314

5.753

Angus

2.176

0.644

2.820

Argyll & Bute

2.036

0.603

2.639

Clackm'shire

1.008

0.299

1.307

Dumfries & Galloway

2.944

0.871

3.815

Dundee

2.579

0.764

3.343

East

Ayrshire

2.480

0.734

3.214

East

Dunbtnshire

2.561

0.758

3.319

East Lothian

1.835

0.543

2.378

East

Renfrewshire

2.035

0.602

2.637

Edinburgh

7.217

2.137

9.354

Eilean Siar

0.869

0.258

1.127

Falkirk

2.700

0.799

3.499

Fife

6.736

1.994

8.730

Glasgow

10.595

3.136

13.731

Highland

4.540

1.344

5.884

Inverclyde

1.928

0.571

2.499

Midlothian

1.800

0.533

2.333

Moray

1.740

0.515

2.255

North

Ayrshire

2.821

0.835

3.656

North

Lanarkshire

7.293

2.159

9.452

Orkney

0.626

0.186

0.812

Perth

& Kinross

2.460

0.728

3.188

Renfrewshire

3.496

1.035

4.531

Scottish

Borders

2.275

0.674

2.949

Shetland

0.725

0.215

0.940

South

Ayrshire

2.373

0.703

3.076

South

Lanarkshire

6.504

1.925

8.429

Stirling

1.838

0.544

2.382

West Dunbartonshire

2.061

0.610

2.671

West Lothian

3.465

1.026

4.491

Scotland Total

101.350

30.000

131.350

The Schools Fund provides capital grant funding to councils for the maintenance and refurbishment of school buildings.

This year's£131.35m grant represents around a five-fold increase over the£26.7m of capital grant which was made available only four years ago, in 2002-03.

Over£2.3bn is also being invested in transforming Scotland's schools through the public private partnership programme.

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