29 June 2020 – the overnight press release

Govt funding for schools is spin over substance

Responding to the Government’s announcement of a ten-year rebuilding programme schools, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran said:

This is spin over substance. The funding is nowhere near the £7bn the National Audit Office has said is needed to repair our schools.

Schools need urgent investment to increase space now, not vague numbers pulled out of thin air.

Whether it’s investing in schools or hospitals, time and again the Conservatives have over promised and under delivered.

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2 Comments

  • They can promise much to get good headlines. It then fades away and people forget .Then the real money spent is out of the headlines and usually less than promised or needed. It needs constant reminding to hold him to task be it the Russian report or anything else.

  • Does Layla Moran actually read the government releases?

    In his first months in office, the Prime Minister announced an extra £14.4 billion in funding for schools over three years.
    That is significantly more than the £7bn NAO figure.

    The only budget that has been announced in connection with the “transformative ten-year rebuilding programme” has been for the first 50 projects due to be confirmed in autumn 2020.

    >Schools need urgent investment to increase space now
    Do they? Only a fool thinks that we need more school places, given we already have more school places than we had in the “bulge” years that have supposedly resulted in today’s relatively high levels of retired people. the fact of the matter is that we need to start downsizing if we really want to address climate change and sustainability.

    n hunter makes a valid point; the need is to ensure that the additional £14.4Bn of funding is actually delivered and to clarify whether the monies being allocated to the rebuilding programme are additional or simply slices of the £14,4Bn.

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