Extra £35m for new school buildings and maintenance

£13m will go to councils to support maintenance budgets

The Welsh Government has announced an additional £35.7million pounds to start building projects earlier than planned.

Education Minister Leighton Andrew said that the additional capital funding would "bring a welcome boost to projects that are already underway or in the early stages of development."

“By securing and allocating additional capital funding we are helping to alleviate pressure on both our own and local authorities’ capital budgets and targeting investment where it is most needed."

The funding will be split into £15.5million for transitional projects, which are already underway, and nearly £20million of funding for a number of 21st Century School Projects; two years earlier than the published programme start date.

The Minister has also today agreed nearly £13million for local authorities to support school repair and maintenance programmes.