Lib Dems on Cornwall Council Propose £12.8million Boost to Cornish Schools

Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council have proposed a £12.8million boost to local schools as part of Cornwall Council’s capital programme.

A boost to the Capital Programme investing in improving Cornwall is being proposed by Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council, Lib Dem Councillor Adam Paynter at tomorrow’s (22nd September full Council meeting). The Capital Programme is a long-term programme of projects delivering on significant improvements, facilitating and enabling key projects for the residents of Cornwall. The latest overall programme includes major planned expenditure of:  

  • £290m on highways improvements and transport links including those which are being delivered through the Growth Deal programme.
  • £500m on new and improved housing projects, including the Housing Development Programme and schemes within the Housing Revenue Account.
  • £270m on schemes which support economic growth, including schemes which are being developed as part of the Council’s Investment Programme.

The total capital programme now stands at over £1.1billion, of which more than £300m relates to the Council’s Investment Programme for jobs and homes.

Deputy Leader Adam Paynter is recommending that the capital programme is uplifted by an overall amount for new schemes and additional funding that has been recommended by Cabinet for inclusion, since the capital programme was last approved by Full Council on 7th July 2020. This includes, most significantly as part of the Capital Programme Quarter 1 2020/21 report presented at Cabinet last week, £12.8m to conduct backlog maintenance work at schools still maintained by the Council, as well as £4m for backlog maintenance work at former PFI schools of which the Council remains responsible for and receives funding from the Department for Education to address.

Adam Paynter, Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council said:

“This funding boost for Cornwall’s schools is much needed. The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the maintenance backlog at our schools. We call upon our colleagues across the Council to support our proposal to properly fund Cornish schools.”

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