Bolton Council has been given £3m to help provide more places at the borough’s primary schools.
The funding will be used alongside the money given to the council by the government through the Primary Capital Programme (PCP) – a government plan that aims to bring primary schools across the country up to modern standards and to deliver the required capacity.
Due to changing birth rates and increased demand in the state sector due to better local schools, the council must find an extra 250 primary school places by 2012, and the additional £3m will be used to make sure that this happens. The funding will be used in schools already identified by the PCP.
“The additional funding announced by the government will assist the council to provide more school places and improve facilities at primary schools identified in the Primary Capital Programme”, said Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Ebrahim Adia.
“This is great news, as the funding will go a long way to ensuring that the work carried out though the Primary Capital Programme is of the highest quality.”
Over the next 13 years, Bolton Council will receive funding totalling £80m through PCP, which will be used to refurbish and rebuild around half of the borough’s primary schools.
The £3m is part of £300m being distributed to 34 local authorities across the country.