Cuts Watch #251: Building schools on the cheap
The government looks set to announce that all 200 of the new-build schools planned under Building Schools for the Future can go ahead after all – so long as much cheaper “prefab” methods are used.
In July, Michael Gove cancelled the programme for capital investment in 700 schools, including 200 completely new ones. He set up a Capital Review team to look at alternatives; today Local Government Chronicle (paywall) reports that the team is going to tell the Secretary of State that
All the schools the government wants to build can be built with the money available.
This will mean more modular building. It will be quicker and cheaper – these projects were taking immense amounts of time.
I think I can hear Mr Gove’s speech to the Conservative Party conference now … but what will those schools be called ten years from now when we’re paying the price for jerry-building?