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a question of priorities for the Priority School Building Programme?

12 March 2013

Michael Gove's original plan to start work "immediately" on the Priority School Building Programme appears to be thwarted yet again as private investment still remains to be secured and completion has now been put back to 2016.

The funding constraints have now been recognised and a range of finance options are being investigated via the capital bond market and the European Investment Bank. This development will ultimately lead to further delays with only the minority of schools that are funded directly by the government being rebuilt on time.

The very nature of the priority schools programme was to reduce the bureaucracy and red tape for which some criticised the previous Building Schools for the Future scheme. The frustration of schools and councils may now mount over increasing delays - particularly as the fabric of these schools, by definition, were already a "priority" and their condition can only worsen with each further delay.

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