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Government releases £1bn for 12 new BSF projects

December 2nd, 2009

The Government has approved a further £1 billion of funding to release 12 more Building Schools for the Future projects.

Brent, Darlington, Devon, Havering, Kingston & Croydon, Norfolk, Plymouth, Sefton, Wakefield and Warrington councils will all bring BSF projects to market for the first time in the first three months of next year.

Lancashire and Tameside will move on to fresh waves of their existing schemes under the £55 billion programme to rebuild or refurbish every state secondary school in England.

The authorities were selected from 20 by a rigorous selection process that tested their readiness to deliver the projects. A total of 96 local authorities are now involved in the programme.

Partnership for Schools chief executive Tim Byles said: “With more than 110,000 pupils already benefitting from BSF investment, today’s announcement will boost this growing figure over the coming years.

“As well as delivering the new schools facilities that teachers and pupils deserve to every community, BSF will also help safeguard tens of thousands of jobs on the ground in the construction and related industries.”

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