£2.2 billion uplift to core budgets confirmed in Spending Review

A £2.2 billion uplift for the core schools’ budget in 2021-22 compared to 2020-21 levels of funding has been confirmed in the Chancellors Spending Review.

This takes the government on its way to delivering a commitment of an extra £7.1 billion by 2022-23.

The spending review also confirmed spending on the government’s new school rebuilding programme, with a commitment to rebuilding 500 schools in England over the next decade. The programme will launch with a commitment to 50 new school rebuilding projects a year across England

The spending review also includes £1.8 billion in funding for schools to help maintain and improve the condition of school buildings and confirmation of over £1 billion to invest in the energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation of schools, hospitals and homes.

£300 million in 2021-22 is allocated to new school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

£220 million has been confirmed for the Holiday Activities and Food programme to provide enriching activities and a healthy meal for disadvantaged children in the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays in 2021. This provides funding up to the end of 2021‑22.


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