School building given £2bn boost

A new phase of a multi-million pound programme to improve the quality of school buildings has been launched by the Government.

Minister for Schools David Laws announced plans for the second phase of the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) on 1 May, which will be worth around £2 billion and run from 2015-2021.

The original PSPB was designed to improve 261 schools with buildings in the worst condition. Successful applicants were announced in May 2012 and all schools are due to be open by the end of 2017.

Mr Laws said: “The original Priority School Building Programme worked on the basis of the condition of the whole school site. We will now refine this to look at targeting individual school buildings, as well as whole school rebuilds where this is appropriate, so that the department can focus much more tightly on addressing specific issues in the estate.

“This is only possible thanks to the data coming out of our detailed condition survey. That survey will be complete by the summer and will give us a detailed pattern of need which will be a useful tool for targeting the available resources most effectively.

“Through this extension to our already successful programme we are helping more schools and ensuring we target more money directly at those schools in the worst condition.”

The Department for Education has published initial application guidelines for this new phase of the PSBP, and further information on the application process will follow shortly.

Applications will need to be submitted before the summer break, but exact timescales to be confirmed shortly.

Schools considering applications for support under the PSBP are likely to benefit from the input of accountants experienced in working with academies, like Nicklin. For more information on how we can help, please contact us.

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