School building spend down 40 per cent, says Labour

Government spending on school buildings has plunged by more than 40 per cent since the Conservatives came to power, according to Labour. Tes reports.

Capital spending has slumped by £3.5 billion since 2010-11, the party’s analysis of the IFS Green Budget data found, down from £8.8 billion to £5.2 billion this financial year.

Labour released the figures just days before the new Budget in a bid to pressure chancellor Philip Hammond to “end austerity in education”.

“It is simply not acceptable that thousands of our children are learning in schools and classrooms that are leaking and crumbling around them,” said shadow education secretary Angela Rayner.

Recent research by Tes and the Association of School and College Leaders found that more than two-thirds of England’s schools have buildings that are “not fit for purpose”.

Most of the 221 heads surveyed reported their teaching were being forced to work in buildings with leaks, crumbling walls and asbestos issues.

Official analysis has found that an estimated 60 per cent of England’s more than 21,000 state-funded schools were built before 1976.

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