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Additional schools maintenance funding announced

28 April 2021

Schools in England have been allocated additional allowance of just under £1.8bn to support the delivery of maintenance programmes.

This represents an increase of more than 20% on the previous year's funding level and is part of the government's 'build back better' programme to assist the UK in recovering from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

It follows the one-off £560m provided to schools by the government last year, which was designed to support pupils in achieving their potential.

According to the Construction Buzz report, the School Rebuilding Programme is also on schedule following its launch in 2020.

Completion of site inspections and provision of detailed planning works for the 50 schools involved will see rebuilding projects begin in autumn this year.

Schools Minister Baroness Berridge said the government "is making sure every school has the investment and financial support it needs to build back better for its students".

Additional details about the School Rebuilding Programme are due to be published later this year and expected to include refurbishment of buildings and entire school rebuild projects.

The government additionally plans to begin consultation on the prioritisation of schools in future rounds of the programme.

FMs and service providers within the education sector are expected to play a major role in both delivering these projects and assisting with future plans and consultations.

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