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DCSF Funds Extra School Places to Tackle Crisis

Magazine article Public Finance

DCSF Funds Extra School Places to Tackle Crisis

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An extra £100m has been made available to pay for an urgent expansion in primary school places across England, raising die total funding allocated to £300m.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families confirmed the additional money on November 30, as it announced which councils would receive the cash.

The move is in response to a sharp increase in demand for reception class places across the country, particularly in London and other urban areas such as Birmingham, Slough and Bradford.

According to the DCSF. die additional money has been made available by 're-prioritising1 it from existing projects. A spokesman for the department would not name which schemes were losing out, saying only that they would have involved longer-term spending.

By contrast, the £300m is to be spent immediately, enabling die boroughs involved to provide an extra 15,000 permanent places in time for the 2011/12 academic year.

The announcement came less than three weeks after London Councils, which represents the capital's 32 boroughs, resolved to lobby ministers for more money.

However, while welcoming the new investment, the body said the £140m earmarked for London was still not sufficient. …

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