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Minister announces major capital boost for Welsh schools

Minister announces major capital boost for Welsh schools

An additional £35.7m has been allocated to capital projects in Wales to allow local authorities to start building projects earlier than planned, Education Minister Leighton Andrews has announced today.

The allocation of the additional capital funding will help alleviate pressure on both local authorities’ and Welsh Government’s capital budgets in future years.

The funding will be split into £15.5 million for transitional projects, which are already underway, and nearly £20.2 million of funding for a number of 21st Century School Projects; two years earlier than the published programme start date.

The funding for the early start projects is as follows:

  • £5 million for Rhondda Cynon Taf’s New 11-19 English Medium School in Aberdare.
  • £3.2 million for Neath Port Talbot’s new 3-11 English medium primary school in the Sandfields area.
  • £3 million, towards the first phase of works to  Caerphilly St. Ilan Welsh Medium school;  
  • £9million contribution to Cardiff’s Primary Schools Programme.

The Minister has also today agreed nearly £13 million for local authorities to support their repair and maintenance programmes to schools.

The Minister said:

“The funding that I have agreed will bring a welcome boost to projects that are already underway or in the early stages of development.

“By securing and allocating additional capital funding  we are helping to alleviate pressure on both our own and local authorities’ capital budgets and targeting investment where it is most needed.

“Making the most of capital investment in these difficult economic times is essential, not only for better education outcomes, but for the continued support of our construction industry and the growth of our economy.

“We will now work with our partners in local government to ensure that work starts as quickly as possible on priority early start projects and that schools have the funds they need to make repairs and updates to their buildings.”