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NEWCASTLE SET TO APPROVE PFI SCHOOL PLAN

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Members of Newcastle City Council are today expected to give the go-ahead for a£30m private finance initiative sch...
Members of Newcastle City Council are today expected to give the go-ahead for a£30m private finance initiative scheme to rebuild or refurbish six schools.

The Journal reports that the scheme would provide extra investment for crumbling schools in the city through a partnership with private companies.

David Bell, director of education and libraries, said: 'I think it will make an enormous difference to education in the city. It will mean children will have schools for the 21st rather than the 19th century.'

But Kenny Bell, branch secretary of Unison, said there should be more consultation with the public before the council goes ahead with the PFI application.

'My major concern is that such a fundamental discussion is being made without a more open and objective consideration and public debate,' he said.
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