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  • School building programme scrapped in latest round of cuts – The Guardian, 5 Jul 2010
  • Autumn statement: £1bn for school funding – Local Government Chronicle, 5 Dec 2012

In July 2010, the government cancelled the Building Schools for the Future programme, as part of £1 billion of cuts from schools.

The Guardian reported:

The coalition government took its axe to a further £1.5bn in spending commitments, cutting £1bn from the schools budget and millions from the business department, communities and local government and the Home Office.

The announcement coincided with the education secretary’s confirmation that the £55bn, 20-year Building Schools for the Future programme would be cancelled altogether. Some 706 new school buildings and services that already have contracts signed will go ahead, but 715 more will be scrapped.

Today, in the autumn statement, chancellor George Osborne announced plans to spend almost £1bn on schools over the next two years. He said the money would fund 100 new free schools and academies – alongside investment to expand good schools in areas with a severe shortage of school places; £275m of this is due to be spent in 2013/14 and £895m in 2014/15, totalling £980m.

The figure, though, is well short of what is needed to cope with the shortage of school places, according to London Councils, and has been dubbed “insufficient”. The abolition of the Building Schools for the Future Programme has been catasrtophic, with its belated replacement not nearly enough. No education, no education, no education…

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