Much of the attention of the coalition government’s funding of English maintained schools has focused on the cancellation of the Building Schools for the Future programme.
Almost no attention has been focused on another aspect of capital funding that will affect all schools – that of Devolved Capital Funding. This is the annual allocation to schools for minor capital repairs and refurbishments introduced by the last government.
As from this April this funding will be cut drastically. The figures for Birmingham are as follows:
Cut in funding £17,581,481
This is a cut of just over 80%.
(Thanks to Guy Dixon, The Truth About Our Schools website, 5 February http://www.thetruthaboutourschools.com/2011/02/05/the-row-about-bsf-has-the-real-story-on-school-capital-funding/)