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School repairs funding is cut
9:30am Monday 4th March 2013 in News
FUNDING for school repairs in York and North Yorkshire has been cut.
Local authority schools in the region will receive a total of £63.06m in the year from April, down from £81.15m in 2012-13 – a fall of 22.3 per cent.
North Yorkshire has suffered a 19.1 per cent cut from £21.26 million to £17.19 million. In York, funding has been cut by 5.9 per cent from £6.67 to £6.28 million.
The north-east and North Yorkshire appear to be victims of a shift to building new classrooms where school rolls are expanding – mainly in the south – leaving less in the spending pot for tackling the backlog of repairs to buildings.
Announcing the £3.2bn settlement for 2013-14, Education Secretary Michael Gove admitted: “Some local authorities will see their funding go up, while others will see funding levels go down.
“This reflects changes in the number of new school places required in different areas of the country, as well as the use of more detailed data, and it is right that money is allocated where it is needed.”