Thursday, 17 March 2011

LEIGHTON ANDREWS WELCOMES CAPITAL FUNDING BOOST

Education Minister Leighton Andrews has welcomed the announcement that three major school capital programmes will receive £22.3m funding from the Welsh Assembly Government's Centrally Retained Capital (CRC) Fund.

Funding includes:

• £8 million for Dinefwr Cluster Tri-Level reform - to reorganise learning provision for people aged 14-19 in the Dinefwr area of Carmarthenshire;

• £7 million for Transforming Post 16 Education in Merthyr Tydfil - to reconfigure post-16 education and training in Merthyr Tydfil through the development of a tertiary college; and

• £7.3 million for Bridgend -Gateway to the Valleys 11-18 Schools - to support the consolidation of education services resulting in a new build school.

It has also been confirmed that funding for 38 other capital projects will progress as planned in 2011-12.

Education Minister Leighton Andrews said:
"The capital funding announced this week shows our continued commitment to improving the standard of buildings and facilities in schools, colleges and universities across Wales.

"We have faced a very challenging budget settlement but we have worked hard to ensure that capital projects can continue in 2011-12.

"By continuing to fund 38 capital projects in 2011-12 we are improving and enhancing buildings and facilities which will be of huge benefit to pupils and students across Wales.

"The settlement we have received has meant we have had to make difficult decisions about deferring seven capital projects until 2012-13. This does not mean that these projects have been cancelled. The projects will go ahead and will be funded in 2012-13.

"We will continue to work with local authorities and further education institutions to ensure that funds are available to support delivery at the right time. If opportunities arise to accelerate or bring projects forward then we will do just that.

"A key commitment of the Welsh Assembly Government's 'One Wales' agenda was to create schools fit for delivering a modern and progressive curriculum in the 21st Century. These significant capital funding announcements are helping us make that commitment a reality."

Note - Amongst the schemes to be funded in 2011/12 is the £4.2 million for a proposed new Welsh school in Gwersyllt.

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