Sutton’s Schools to Benefit from Big Cash Injection for New School Places

November 3, 2011 2:40 PM

Michael Gove MP, the Secretary of State for Education, has announced today that there will be a further £500 million allocated to Local Education Authorities to address the shortage in pupil places. Sutton benefits to the tune of £12 million. Sutton received the 11th largest cash boost out of 110 authorities.

Tom Brake, local MP for Carshalton and Wallington, expressed his delight at the further injection of money into Sutton's education budget: "This boost to local funding has been a long time coming. It will help provide many more places in Sutton's really popular schools. The money will help address an issue raised with me by numerous constituents; their difficulty in getting a local school. Hopefully this problem will now be rectified."

The money has been allocated to local authorities in order to meet the growing demand for further funding to address the shortage in pupil places in schools, both junior and senior. In conjunction with this, there will be a launch of a consultation on school premises regulations, also funded by the extra money Mr Gove has provided, which would potentially allow for schools to expand and increase their student uptake.

The Government had already announced an allocation of £800m national funding in December 2010, twice the previous annual level of support. The nature of this funding, (capital grant which is not ring fenced) the nature of the projects it will fund, (mainly small primary school projects) and the readiness of local authorities to get projects underway mean that this money will be spent efficiently.

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