Government set to pledge to school building investmentDecember 5th, 2012 Category: Educational Establishments
Few subjects are more emotive than education. After all, our children are the future of our country, so providing them with a good learning environment is absolutely essential.
But in these tough economic times, is the money there to invest in maintaining and upgrading school buildings?
The government has already scrapped the previous administration's Building Schools for the Future programme on the grounds that it was inefficient and did not make the best use of available funds.
Of course, the coalition has insisted it remains committed to ensuring school buildings can be improved, with its Priority School Building Programme being put in place as a replacement for Labour's model.
And the latest step forwards in enhancing the quality of the UK's schools looks set to come today.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is due to give his Autumn Statement – effectively a mini-Budget announcement.
Sources have indicated that he will outline plans to invest in building new academies and free schools, using money reallocated from other departments.
According to prime minister David Cameron, many government departments "aren't actually spending up to their budgets".
This, he said, means it is reasonable to expect them to cut back on any unnecessary spending and divert these funds to "things that will make a difference in our economy".
Mr Cameron argued that this approach will also support the delivery of more roads and infrastructure to "make our economy work better".
Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, added that money should not be "tied up in Whitehall" but used to rebuild Britain's transport infrastructure and schools.
He said these are the "things that this country needs for the long term" and means the money currently available to the state is being used for the "best possible purposes".
With billions more pounds going towards improving and expanding schools all over the country, there should hopefully be a knock-on effect on standards across the wider education sector, with children feeling the benefits and coming away with great results.