School Funding (Wigan)

Education and Skills written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Neil Turner Neil Turner Labour, Wigan

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills

(1) how much funding each school in the Wigan constituency has received from the New Deal for Schools;

(2) how much public money has been spent on repairing schools in Wigan in each year since 1997;

(3) how much money has been invested in Wigan to build sustainable school sports.

Photo of David Miliband David Miliband Minister of State (School Standards), Department for Education and Skills

Table A shows the schools in the Wigan constituency that benefited from investment through the New Deal for Schools (NDS) programme, which ran between 1997–98 and 2000–01.

Since 2001, the majority of capital support has been allocated to schools and local education authorities by formula, and they decide how to invest it in line with their asset management plans. The Department does not, therefore, have complete information about capital investment at constituency level; this should be held at local authority level.

Table B sets out the capital support made by the Department to Wigan local education authority and its schools since 1997–98, in total and by programme (including all allocations through NDS mentioned in table A).

The Government are investing significant funding to enhance school sports facilities across England. The New Opportunities for PE and Sport Programme is providing £581.25 million in England (£25 million of which has gone towards the Space for Sport and the Arts Programme) and schools from all local education authority areas are benefiting. The Space for Sport and the Arts Programme is providing £130 million to support projects at primary schools in 65 target areas; £4,310,000 will be invested in Wigan to build sustainable school sports facilities. All funds from these programmes have now been allocated to local authorities and schools.

Table A: NDS allocations to schools in the Wigan constituency
Year/School Project Package Funding (£)
1997/98
Wigan St. Andrew's CofE Junior and Infant School To renew a backlog of defective roof coverings LEA wide grant 720,000
Mab's Cross Primary School To renew a backlog of defective roof coverings LEA wide grant 720,000
Pemberton Primary and Nursery School Major repair and replacement of decrepit WC blocks LEA wide grant 720,000
Beech Hill Community Primary School Major repair and replacement of decrepit WC blocks LEA wide grant 720,000
Mere Oaks School Major repair and replacement of decrepit WC blocks LEA wide grant 720,000
1998/99
Beech Hill Community Primary School Replacement of dining hall/kitchen 439,600
2000/01
The Deanery CofE High School Replacement of dilapidated accommodation 150,000
Scot Lane Community Primary School Toilet Refurbishment (Group 1) Project including 13 schools 362,840
Mab's Cross Primary School Toilet Refurbishment (Group 1) Project including 13 schools 362,840
Table B: Capital allocations: Wigan local education authority -- £000
1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04
Additional NDS Grant (615) 200
Assistance with AMPs 42
Basic L C Vap 130 743 958
Basic Need 2,784 1,685 1,529 4,210 4,318 1,640 4,382 5,927
Class Size initiative 670 1,124 237
Condition 1,620 3,291 4,464
Devolved Formula 2,279 2,200 2,874 4,478
Energy 99
Modernisation 1,338 2,745
NDS 1 720
NDS 2 2,618
NDS 3 3,797
NDS 4 4,055
Nursery Provision 69
School Labs 202 202
School Security 84 105 106 105 74 64
Schools Access Initiative 90 30 71 150 210 324 455 661
Schools Renewal Challenge Fund 264
Secondary Learning Support Units 79 85 108
Seed Challenge 206 232 394 393
Specialist Schools 100 100 200
Staff Workspace 79 164
Successful Speculative Bids 437
Supplementary Credit Approvals 581 1,586 1,279 228
Supplementary NDS for VA Schools 126 18
Targeted Capital Funding 468
Voluntary Aided School Grant 757 2,367 2,907 1,036 829 1,111 1,457

To date we have allocated £20.5 million capital funding for 2004–05 and 2005–06.

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