Nottingham

Nottinghamshire schools get £100m maintenance fund

Schools in Nottinghamshire are to get £100m towards vital repairs, the county council has confirmed.

Officials said the fund, spread over four years, followed a review after the cancellation of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

About £60m is coming from central government funding, £10m had already been allocated by the council and £30m is from the new council budget.

It estimates there is a £220m backlog of maintenance at county schools.

The Conservative-led council said it would ensure all school premises were kept to above a minimum educational and safety standard.

It will consult to find those most in need and a programme of works will be decided in the spring.

Earlier this month the government was told to reconsider its decision to scrap the Building Schools for the Future scheme in six areas, including Nottingham, after a court ruled it had unlawfully failed to consult councils.

The authority is planning general budget cuts of £150m over three years.

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