Government Pledges Billions To New Schools Plan23-03-2017
With many of the country’s school buildings deteriorating in quality, the government has pledged billions to building new free schools to supply the demand for more school places. The government plans to build 833 new free schools by 2021, to provide 270,000 of the 420,000 student spaces needed by that year. This will cost around £9.7bn compared to £6.7bn to repair all current buildings in need of renovation to a satisfactory standard.
60% of schools today were built prior to 1976, meaning that many schools have common problems such as faulty electrics and poorly built walls. Some people believe the money the government has pledged should be spent on renovating the tired older buildings as it is cheaper, but this would still only raise them to “Satisfactory” standard, potentially meaning in a few years they will need repair work again. This means that building new schools is the most cost-effective way to provide for the hundreds of thousands of places need by 2021.
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