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Michael Gove announces over £2 billion for more school places

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Education Secretary Michael Gove has issued a written ministerial statement on funding allocations.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has today (18 December 2013) announced £2.35 billion to create more school places up to 2017. This is in addition to the £5 billion that will have been spent on new school places by 2015.

It is the first time councils have had 3-year allocations of funding to spend on school places. It means they can plan ahead and ensure every child has a school place.

In a written ministerial statement issued today, Mr Gove announced that 260,000 new school places have been created to date, and that many more were on their way.

He also announced:

  • Sebastian James’s review of progress since his original report on education capital
  • the dedicated schools grant for 2014 to 2015
  • further information on the £150 million of capital funding to support universal free school meals

Education Secretary Michael Gove said:

This government’s overriding priority for capital investment is to ensure every child has a place at school. Demographic pressures have put strain on schools in many parts of the country. That is why we have more than doubled funding for new places to £5 billion in this parliament. By May 2013, this investment had already helped to create an additional 260,000 school places with more still to come. Today I am announcing an additional £2.35 billion to support local authorities to plan and create new school places that will be needed by 2017.

Notes to editors

  1. Read the written ministerial statement.
  2. Read the spreadsheet with all capital allocations (basic need and universal infant free school meals).
  3. Read the technical note explaining today’s allocations.
  4. Read Sebastian James’s progress update on his capital review.
  5. Read further information on the dedicated schools grant.

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