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Derek Twigg, MP for Halton

Working Hard for Widnes, Runcorn & Hale

Derek helps to secure funding for The Grange and Wade Deacon schools amidst Coalition dithering

27 Oct 2010

Following the Coalition Government's massive culling of school building projects across England including Halton, the Department for Education announced in August that only two projects would proceed in Halton - The Grange and Wade Deacon.

Derek submitted a written question on October 19th to the Education Secretary Michael Gove, asking "how much capital has been allocated to A) Wade Deacon and b) The Grange School?".  Unfortunately he was only given a holding answer by Schools Minister Nick Gibb.

This was worrying given that stories appeared in the media last weekend about cuts in funding of up to 40% in the capital allocations for BSF schools. Derek put down a further question yesterday asking again for a straight answer.

He has now received the following reply from Mr. Gibb:

"Wade Deacon has been allocated £28.6 million of conventional capital funding, and The Grange school has been allocated £35.3 million of PFI credits for the secondary school phase.  As the Grange school will be an all-through school, Halton Borough Council is also planning to convert around £6.5 million of its primary capital grant into PFI credits."

Derek said:

"Not giving a straight answer to my initial question clearly pointed to uncertainty about whether these schools would receive the funding they were promised by the former Labour Government.  I am pleased that following pressure from me the funding has now been approved.  However, we should not forget that the Coalition Government has slashed BSF funding in Halton with most schools losing out. The original funding agreed under Labour was £180 million for the totality of schools in Halton." 

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