Local Educational Buildings to Benefit From Spending Allocation

SW Beds MP, Andrew Selous, has warmly welcomed the inclusion of 7 South West Bedfordshire schools that will receive additional funding to improve their condition.

Yesterday,  Gavin Williamson, MP, Secretary of State for Education announced the outcome of the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2020-21 round.

Mr Williamson has announced over £434 million for 1,476 projects at 1,243 academies, sixth form colleges and non-diocesan voluntary aided schools.

In South West Bedfordshire this includes:

  • Beecroft Academy
  • Brooklands Middle School
  • The Academy of Central Bedfordshire
  • Gilbert Inglefield Academy
  • Vandyke Upper School
  • Eaton Bray Academy
  • Ardley Hill Academy

Andrew Selous said “I know how important it is that school buildings are kept in good condition. Our inspirational teachers need good working conditions as do our children to enable them to succeed.”

The core priority of CIF is keeping eligible academy, sixth form college and non-diocesan voluntary aided school buildings safe and in good working order. Most CIF funding aims to address issues with significant consequences that revenue or Devolved Formula Capital funding cannot meet. These include issues with poor building condition, building compliance, energy efficiency and health and safety.

The full list of successful projects published yesterday can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/condition-improvement-fund.

In addition to annual CIF bidding rounds, the Government has committed to a new ten-year multi-wave rebuilding programme for schools. This will be an ambitious programme, replacing poor condition and ageing school buildings, with modern, energy-efficient designs, transforming education for thousands of pupils.

50 schools in the most need of repair, supported by over £1 billion in capital funding - with full details of these projects to be confirmed in the autumn and further funding to be set out at the Spending Review.

Alongside the start of this new rebuilding programme, the government is providing over half a billion pounds of additional capital funding to the school system this year to help support essential maintenance projects. This comes on top of over £1.4 billion in school condition funding already committed in 2020-21, including the Condition Improvement Fund.

The Department for Education will bring forward £200 million of the £1.5 billion of capital funding for further education (FE) colleges, which the Chancellor announced at the Budget in March, to this year. This will enable FE colleges in England to undertake immediate remedial work in this financial year to upgrade the condition of their buildings and estates.


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