Education secretary Michael Gove is set to announce that he is halting rebuilding projects at some 700 schools which were approved by the former Labour government under the £50bn Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
“Ministers have been clear that BSF has not delivered good value for money and that the programme is beset by delays and red tape,” a Department for Education spokesman said.
“The Budget announced the government will retain the total public sector capital investment planned by the previous administration.
“But the Chancellor was clear that projects with a significant economic return to the country will be the absolute priority in the October spending review - that’s exactly what we will deliver on schools.”
The plan was condemned by shadow education secretary Ed Balls who said it would hit construction jobs as well as depriving schools of badly needed new accommodation.
“That is private sector jobs that which are going to be lost now, as well as the new schools which aren’t going to be rebuilt. It is very short-sighted,” he said.