Cuts Watch #113: More detail on education cuts
The Department for Education has revealed that today’s major cuts announcement will mean that 715 schools will no longer be rebuilt or refurbished. There is also to be a ‘comprehensive review’ of capital investment in schools, early years, colleges and sixth forms.
The DfE announcement, made rather late in the day, confirms that the Building Schools for the Future programme is to be closed. The implications of this are:
- 180 planned new schools are cancelled;
- 319 re-modelled schools are cancelled;
- 63 ICT refurbishments are cancelled.
- The building programme in 153 schools “has not yet been confirmed”;
- 123 academy projects will be reviewed individually;
- 14 high-priority ‘sample’ projects will be reviewed individually.
That review of capital investment will be chaired by Sebastian James, Group Operations Director of DSG international plc. Other members of the review include Kevin Grace, Director of Property Services at Tesco, Barry Quirk, Chief Executive of Lewisham Council, John Hood former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University and Sir John Egan, former Chief Executive of Jaguar and BAA.