1. ITV Report

£14million announced for school repairs

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced £14million for small scale school repairs and maintenance under new plans.

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The funding will be spent on areas such as boilers and plumbing works to school toilets, caretaker costs, painting and decorating, plastering and repairing or replacing flooring.

The funs are part of plans to work to improve school buildings through the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.

I hear it often enough, from teachers and headteachers across the country, that time and funding is too often taken up by school maintenance issues, as opposed to supporting learners.

That’s why today I am making available an additional £14 million, which is to be allocated directly to schools.

This will address small scale maintenance costs, alleviating pressures on school budgets. Every single school across Wales will benefit from this money and it will go directly to the frontline.

I hope local authorities are now able to transfer this money across to schools as quickly as possible so that essential work can begin.

– Kirsty Williams, Education Secretary

Local Authorities will receive the funding who will then distribute the money to all schools in Wales.