Statement on the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme

David Mowat said:

"It is disappointing that the Government have had to suspend the school building programme. Over 700 schools which had not been signed off by the previous Government have been stopped and this includes 6 in Warrington.

"The issues are that:

a)Labour cynically promised funding without identifying where the cash was to come from, they were relying on huge underspends from other departments which never materialised.

b)The whole programme was overly bureaucratic and involved huge fees being paid to consultants, inflating the cost of each school to double the amount paid historically or in comparison to other countries such as Ireland.

"Going forward, each school will now be reviewed on a case by case basis and it is important that over the next few months we make an excellent case to the Government to ensure that Warrington gets the schools we deserve, delivered on a cost effective basis. I have today spoken to some of the affected head teachers and will be working with them and the Council to ensure this happens."

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