School places cash boost

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Over £21 million is to be spent on creating more school spaces in Central Bedfordshire, it has been announced.

The Government has said an extra £2.35 billion will be spent on the long-term plan to give every young person the opportunity to fulfil their potential

This is in addition to the £5 billion that is already being spent in this parliament.

This means that between 2014 and 2017 schools in Central Bedfordshire will receive £21,219,913.

It is the first time that councils have had three-year allocations of funding to spend on school places, so Central Bedfordshire Council can plan ahead and ensure every child has a school place.

Andrew Selous MP says the current Government has already created 260,000 new school places and this announcement means thousands more are on the way.:

The South West Beds MP said: “The last government ignored the fact that rising birth rates meant we will need thousands more school places in the coming years, and did nothing to prepare.

“It is great news for young people in Central Bedfordshire that this Government has found billions of extra funding to ensure every child has a place at school so that they can fulfil their potential.

“This is part of our long-term plan to create an education system that gives young people who want to work hard the skills they need to get on in life and have a more secure and better future.”