Public Accounts Committee report on capital funding for schools

Commenting on the Public Accounts Committee report on capital funding for schools Alison Michalska, ADCS President, said:

“Local authorities must ensure that there are enough school places to meet the educational needs of children in their local area, yet we increasingly lack influence over where new schools are built which means that schools can be built far from where they are needed or where there is already a surplus of places. This represents poor value for money and places further pressure on already stretched local authority transport budgets. It is crucial that pupils have a safe learning environment and that now and in the future schools are built in areas of need so that children do not have to travel miles away from their communities to attend school. We are in urgent need of a national strategy, informed by local intelligence of current and anticipated needs, supported by a commitment for longer term funding, to address the growing shortage of school places. Local authorities as place shapers, together with central government and other key players, have a vital role to play in the development of this. We would like to see the growing pressures facing schools as a key consideration for each political party in the forthcoming general election.”


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