Schools

Department for Education written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Angela Rayner Angela Rayner Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of his Department’s capital departmental expenditure limit was spent on improving the existing school estate in each financial year since 2010-11.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Holding answer received on 07 October 2019

The Department for Education has allocated over £13 billion in condition funding from 2011-12 to 2019-20, an average of £1.4 billion a year. On top of that, the £4.4 billion Priority School Building Programme is rebuilding or refurbishing school buildings in the worst condition across England, covering over 500 schools. Data on capital funding allocated prior to 2011-12 is not readily available.

In addition to this, the Department provides Basic Need funding to local authorities for new school places and, as of 1 October 2019, the Department has opened 507 free schools which when full will educate 280,000 pupils.

Published data on annual capital allocations is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/school-capital-funding.

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