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BSF cuts: Gove to face Commons

Education Secretary Michael Gove will today face a grilling in the Commons, as local authorities reveal they may sue over BSF cuts

Gove last week bungled his announcement which scrapped over 700 school building projects worth £7.5 billion, revealing a twice incorrect list of cancelled projects.

Several local authorities have since indicated they may sue to recover their costs, including: Liverpool, Brent and Newham; reports the Guardians.

Tory MP Philip Davies will today challenge the Education Secretary over the  way he scrapped the £55 billion programme. Other MPs are certain to weigh in.

Shadow education secretary Ed Balls will also grill Gove over allegations he ignored the advice of officials in publishing an error-strewn list of affected schools. A claim flatly rejected by the Department for Education.

The political storm began when Mr Gove announced the end of Labour’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme last week.

Anger deepened when it then emerged that a list of 715 supposedly affected projects was strewn with errors, so that many schools thought they had escaped the axe only to learn otherwise later.

In a letter, Balls wrote: ‘I urge you to withdraw all these error-strewn lists and think again.

‘Building Schools for the Future should continue to be a priority for capital expenditure in the Department for Education, not free schools.’

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