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GUMMER TO GIVE COMPETITION FOR CAPITAL GO-AHEAD

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Environment secretary John Gummer is to go ahead with the extension of the 'capital challenge' concept with the app...
Environment secretary John Gummer is to go ahead with the extension of the 'capital challenge' concept with the approval of a £250m pilot scheme, reports The Independent (p10).

But education and employment secretary Gillian Shephard is said to be fighting against the competition for capital funds being extended to schools.

After consultation with local authorities, Mr Gummer is expected to bow to warnings that the 12-month period for a pilot is too short, and he may increase the money available when he announces the scheme next month.

About £250m will be taken from the £3.5bn available to councils in capital spending approvals and put up for bidding, The Independent reports.
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