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Priority schools in 'chaos' as delays grow

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Labour’s shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg has said the government’s £2bn Priority Schools Building Programme appears to be ‘in chaos’

Responding to unconfirmed reports that the programme may now be delayed until June, Twigg said the news would be another blow to the construction industry, were the much-anticipated PFI programme to suffer further delays.

According to the AJ’s sister title Construction News, Twigg said: ‘After the chaotic abandonment of the programme to rebuild all secondary schools in England, the government’s Priority School Building Programme appears to be in chaos. While there is an urgent need for more school places, particularly primaries, the government has delayed their plans yet again.

‘It is also another blow to the construction industry who have seen these plans delayed three times now. The government should bring forward investment projects like new school buildings which will also create building jobs - as set out in Labour’s five point plan for jobs and growth.’

The programme was first due to be announced in December, but CN revealed it was delayed due to the weight of applications and would be postponed until January.

However in a ministerial statement last month, ‘anti-architect’ education secretary Michael Gove revealed there would be further delays.


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