Kingston gets £13m to help ease school places crisis

Kingston Council has been given an extra £13m for schools over three years

Kingston Council has been given an extra £13m for schools over three years

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Kingston will be handed more than £13m to help ease its school places crisis over the next three years, it has been announced.

The Government grant was part of an extra £2.35 bn on top of the existing £5 bn national budget to create more school places nationwide.

This is the first time councils have been given three-year allocations to help plan ahead for school places, the Department for Education said.

Richmond and North Kingston MP Zac Goldsmith 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 little to prepare.

“It is great news for young people in the Richmond Park and North Kingston constituency that the Government has found billions of extra funding to ensure every child has a place at school so that they can fulfil their potential.”

But Kingston's Labour party leader Laurie South denied his party had failed to plan for the future when it was in Government.

He said: “What the Labour government did was to closely liaise with central government to see where schools were needed.

"There was close conversation between central government and local government and plenty of plans. It’s crazy, Michael Gove is thinking he can run it all on his own. ”

Neighbouring borough Richmond upon Thames will receive an £8.9m investment.

 

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2:00pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Lee J Godfrey says...

It is a pity that Zac Goldsmith has used this good news to engage in political point scoring. His comments that, “the last government ignored the fact that rising birth rates meant we will need thousands more school places in the coming years, and did little to prepare," is factually wrong and another example of the Tories trying to revise history for their own purposes.

This Surrey Comet article from 2009 (http://www.surreyco
met.co.uk/news/topst
ories/4712352.Kingst
on_Council_bumped_up
_Building_School_for
_the_Future_list/) shows that Kingston was prioritised under Labour's Building Schools for the Future Programme and was due to receive the funding required to create the extra school places required plus updates to existing schools.

Labour's successful Building Schools for the Future programme was scrapped by Michael Gove in 2010, hence the delay in funding for extra school places in Kingston and the current crisis.

Lee Godfrey
Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Kingston and Surbiton
It is a pity that Zac Goldsmith has used this good news to engage in political point scoring. His comments that, “the last government ignored the fact that rising birth rates meant we will need thousands more school places in the coming years, and did little to prepare," is factually wrong and another example of the Tories trying to revise history for their own purposes. This Surrey Comet article from 2009 (http://www.surreyco met.co.uk/news/topst ories/4712352.Kingst on_Council_bumped_up _Building_School_for _the_Future_list/) shows that Kingston was prioritised under Labour's Building Schools for the Future Programme and was due to receive the funding required to create the extra school places required plus updates to existing schools. Labour's successful Building Schools for the Future programme was scrapped by Michael Gove in 2010, hence the delay in funding for extra school places in Kingston and the current crisis. Lee Godfrey Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Kingston and Surbiton Lee J Godfrey
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