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SCOTS UNITARIES TOLD TO CLOSE 100 SCHOOLS

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Scottish unitary councils should close more than 100 schools in an efficiency drive, according to an Accounts Commi...
Scottish unitary councils should close more than 100 schools in an efficiency drive, according to an Accounts Commission report published last week.

Action by councils to cut the 300,000 surplus places in classrooms should save about £25 million each year in revenue cost, according to the report, Room for learning.

There would also be a £20m saving in building maintenance costs on the schools selected for closure. In addition the report highlights the opportunities for councils to realise capital sums by disposing of land and buildings.

In the past 20 years pupil rolls have fallen by more than a quarter.

This reduction in pupil numbers, increasing maintenance costs of under-occupied buildings and reduction in government grants will make the management of school building resources increasingly difficult, the report says.
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