Schools in Wales to get £14m for maintenance

7 Mar 18

Welsh schools will receive a £14m boost for maintenance and small-scale repairs, the Welsh education secretary Kirsty Williams has announced.

The money is expected to go to every single school in Wales for costs including plumbing, boilers, caretakers, decorating and repairing or replacing flooring.

“I hear 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,” Williams said, making the announcement over the weekend. 

“This will address small scale maintenance costs, alleviating pressures on school budgets.”

Williams called for local authorities to directly allocate the money to schools as quickly as possible “so that essential work can begin”.

The extra funding comes as part of a wider effort to improve Welsh school buildings under the Welsh government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.

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