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Budget 2017: More than £500m schools cash expected

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More than £500million of funding is set to be announced in the Budget later today for schools construction work

The Daily Telegraph said the government would invest £320million to build new free schools as well as £216million to rebuild and refurbish existing schools.

report released by public spending watchdog National Audit Office (NAO) last month found that more than £13billion was needed to bring school buildings in England up to a ‘good’ standard.

The NAO report, which examined how well the Department for Education used its capital funding for schools since 2015, revealed that the free schools programme had spiralled in cost and under-delivered on schools.

However the NAO admitted that the separate Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) had delivered new schools a third more cheaply than the former Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme it replaced (see AJ 22.02.17).

Writing for The Daily Telegraph, prime minister Theresa May said: ’If we are to give our children and grandchildren a fair chance to succeed in an ever more competitive world, we have to build a future where every child can access a good school place.’

The Treasury has been contacted for comment.

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