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Today’s big Tory lie: ‘fixing 50 schools per year is what the system can cope with’

Nick Gibb: is it really ‘the system’ that can’t cope with rebuilding more than 50 schools per year, or Tory penny-pinching?

Schools Minister Nick Gibb has tried to whitewash the Tory repair programme with an outrageous lie that 50 schools per year is as much as the system can cope with:

We know already that this is not true.

The system – however he may wish to describe it – was coping with 100 schools a year before current prime minister Rishi Sunak (as Chancellor at the time) stuck his oar in.

He fanfared a decision to “restore” funding for schools to their 2010 level – meaning it had been slashed much further by previous chancellors.

It means the amount available in 2021, when he made the announcement, was much less in real terms than in 2010, due to inflation – and that was before the inflation crisis that engulfed the UK in 2022.

And it was the amount available for all school-related spending, not just for repairs to schools that were built using RAAC concrete and are now falling down around pupils’ ears.

“The system” can cope with much more school rebuilding work. It is the Conservative government that is hindering it.

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