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Monday, 9 February 2015

Lib Dems announce £2bn school building plan

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that an extra two billion pounds will be invested in schools across England for improvement and renovation works.

Under, what the Coalition are calling, the Priority School Building Programme, around £2bn will be invested in refurbishing and rebuilding 277 schools across England.

Areas in which schools have been awarded funding include Cambridge, Lewes, Maidstone, Portsmouth, Redcar, Taunton, Twickenham and St Austell. All with the exception of Maidstone are Liberal Democrat seats which the party is under real threat of losing in May.

Making the announcement Nick Clegg said: "It is crucial that we invest properly in education, so that every child has a fair start in life. ​Thousands of pupils will benefit from better, brighter, warmer classrooms thanks to this ​funding. Children can’t learn and teachers can’t teach in schools that are cold and have leaking roofs.

"To create a stronger economy we have to invest in a fairer society so that our young people can be successful in the future." Mr Clegg added.

As well as this extra boost to schools, the government has published today details of how more than £4bn will be allocated between 2015 and 2018 to schools, local authorities, academy trusts, and voluntary-aided partnerships to help them improve the condition of schools across the country.