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Splashing Billions On Free Schools 'Utter Madness'

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


More than £9billion set to be splurged on free schools in midst of education funding crisis.

The government splashing billions of pounds on new free schools while current state schools are falling apart is "utter madness" says GMB.

A National Audit Office (NAO) report [1] today says 6.7bn is needed to bring existing school buildings in England and Wales to a satisfactory level.

The Government says by 2021, £9.7bn will have been spent on 833 free schools.

Karen Leonard, GMB National Schools Officer, said:

“What planet is this Tory Government living on?

“Does it make financial sense to pour millions of taxpayers’ money into free schools - many in areas where a new school is simply not required - when existing schools are going to wrack and ruin?

“£6.7billion is needed to repair our schools and the Tories want to plough almost £10billion on free schools

“But when we ask for decent pay for our school staff, the government rings its hands and says there is no money.

“Cash is so tight many of our ‘forgotten schools’ are struggling to give kids the education they deserve.

“It’s utter madness.”


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