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Building Schools for the Future Programme

Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the impact of the Building Schools for the Future project on the future budgets of (a) schools and (b) local authorities; and if he will make a statement. (181802)

Twenty-first century school buildings, built to current high quality and sustainability standards, should have lower running and maintenance costs than the unsuitable and time-expired buildings which they will replace. They will allow more resources to be focused on the core activities of improving children’s attainment and life chances.

In addition, as part of the work undertaken for the initial pilot projects, the Department reviewed the funding for PFI projects to ensure that the contribution that local authorities and schools make to the unitary charge was affordable. This had the effect of increasing the level of support from central Government for PFI projects than was the case prior to BSF.