MP welcomes cash to help rebuild schools

Eric Ollerenshaw MP.
Eric Ollerenshaw MP.

Lancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw has welcomed a new £2 billion fund to help rebuild schools most in need of urgent repair, which could benefit schools in Lancaster.

The Government has announced a second round of funding for the successful Priority Schools Building Programme, which is already helping 261 schools across England.

Mr Ollerenshaw, an ex-teacher himself, urged any schools needing urgent repair to apply to the new fund.

He said: “Delivering the best schools for our children, so the next generation can gain the skills they need to succeed in life, is a key part of the Government’s long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s future.

“That’s why it is great news for young people in Lancaster that there will be a new round of funding for the Priority Schools Building Programme. This scheme targets funding where it is needed most and I would urge any school that feels it needs this priority funding for repairs to apply.

“It’s only by taking difficult decisions on public spending that Government have been able to afford to protect the schools budget and provide funding for school rebuilding.

“Only by sticking to our long-term economic plan can we provide the first class education that our young people need to get on in life.’