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Building bonanza: Wales reveals £1.4bn schools overhaul programme

The Welsh government has unveiled a £1.4 billion schools building programme

Education minister Leighton Andrews announced the funding, which will be distributed over seven years from 2014 as part of the 21st Century Schools Capital Funding Programme, reported sister title Construction News.

Local authorities submitted proposals in November, and will match the government funding on each scheme. For project-by-project details see attached document (right).

Andrews said: ‘Securing 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.’

Welsh Local Government Association education spokesman Peter Fox said: ‘Despite the very difficult funding situation, the joint approach to developing this programme has paid off.

‘Local authorities have prioritised vitally important school building projects in their areas and the funding announced today by the minister will enable them to deliver on these priorities.’

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