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Clegg: "It is crucial that we invest properly in education"

The Government has announced that 16 North East schools will benefit from a £140 million grant under the Flagship Priority School Building Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said:

?It is crucial that we invest properly in education, so that every child has a fair start in life.

Thousands of pupils will benefit from better, brighter, warmer classrooms thanks to this ?funding.

Children can't learn and teachers can't teach in schools that are cold and have leaking roofs.

To create a stronger economy we have to invest in a fairer society so that our young people can be successful in the future.

– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister

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North East schools to get £140m facelift

Dinnington First School in Newcastle is one of 16 North East schools to benefit from the Flagship Priority School Building Programme Credit: Dinnington First School

Sixteen schools across the North East will see their buildings either rebuilt or refurbished under a new government scheme.

The schools, which include Vane Road Primary School in Durham and Dinnington First School in Newcastle, will benefit from a £140 million grant as part of the Flagship Priority School Building Programme.

North East to receive least from government regional growth funds

The North East is set to receive the least from the latest round investments in the form of regional growth funds.

The government has announced today our region is to get over £40 million between 2016 and 2021, which is the smallest sum of any of the English regions.

The Deputy Prime Minister says its down to which local companies bid for the funds:

In total the government is investing £1 billion in local economies across England as an expansion of their regional growth funds deal.

There aim is to pass funding from the central government into the hands of local authorities, businesses and universities, who they believe can invest with inside knowledge of what is needed in their area.

£300m investment for North East companies

Nick Clegg announces major investment for the North East economy

The Deputy Prime Minister has announced £300m of investment for companies in the North East.

The money comes from the Regional Growth Fund, and businesses in the region are being invited to bid for a share.

Nick Clegg made the announcement today (Friday) during a visit to DUCO Ltd in Walker, Newcastle.

The offshore manufacturing company successfully bid for £3.6m in a previous round, enabling the firm to create 168 jobs.

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Clegg to outline free school meal plans

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced the Government plans to provide free school meals for infants in England.

Here is a segment of the speech the Liberal Democrat leader will make in Glasgow on Wednesday:

From next September we’ll give every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 a healthy lunch every day – saving families more than £400 per year, per child.

For the Liberal Democrats, this is a first step: my ambition is to provide free school meals for all primary school children. Another reason we want to get into Government again next time round.

The Conservatives, on the other hand, have made it clear that their priority is to help some families over others, with a tax break for married couples. A tax break for some, funded through the taxes of others. That tells you everything you need to know about their values.

We, however, will help all families in these tough times, not just the kind we like best, by helping their young children get the best possible start in life – and that tells you everything about ours.

– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister

Clegg announces free school meals for infants

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that every child in infant school will receive a free school lunch.

Under a new Government-funded scheme, children in reception, year 1 and year 2 at schools in England will be given a hot, healthy school lunch to help save families more than £400 a year per child.

Universal free school meals for primary school pupils were a key recommendation in a recent review of school food produced independently for the Department for Education.

Pilots took place across the country, including St Godric's RC Primary in Durham, which found that where all children had been given a free school dinner, students were academically months ahead of their peers elsewhere and more likely to eat vegetables at lunchtime.

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