School rebuilding plans cut by £21m cuts

HULL Council has had £21m cut from its £400m schools rebuilding programme.

It was told to make “efficiency savings” on its Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project by the coalition Government, which inherited the scheme from Labour.

Under the agreement announced yesterday, the council will lose five per cent of the funding for schools in the first phase of the programme and 20 per cent of funding for phase two schools, which are all refurbishments.

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The latter will be easier to reduce in scope as they have yet to reach the design stage, a spokesman for the council said.

Project director David Martin said: “With the majority of our funding still in place and the delivery of 14 schools well under way, and a further eight to come, we are confident that BSF is still in a strong position to help drive the transformation of learning and opportunity in Hull that we always envisaged.”

A total of 10 new schools are due to be built, including three academies.