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Schools for the Future



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Scottish Futures Trust - School Building Programme

Scotland's Schools for the Future - £1.25 billion school building programme

In June 2009, the Scottish Government announced £800 million of funding to support local authorities in taking forward a £1.25 billion programme for the rebuilding or refurbishment of approximately 55 new primary and secondary schools through to 2017/18. The programme is being co-ordinated, managed and facilitated by the Scottish Futures Trust, and all local authorities are benefitting from the programme. Funding for 35 school building projects was announced in June 2010, and a further two secondary school projects were announced in December 2010.

In September 2012 the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning announced the next 30 schools to be built under the third and final phase of the Programme.  An extra 12 schools will now be built under the programme due to current market conditions and efficiencies delivered by Scottish Futures Trust, and the schools will be built sooner after £80 million was brought forward in the Draft Budget for 2013-14.

The total programme will deliver 67 new or refurbished schools by March 2018. The programme is being funded via a mixture of capital grant and revenue support through an NPD investment pipeline.

Funding for work on School Estate

Local authorities are responsible for deciding on priorities for capital expenditure on the school estate. Under the Prudential Framework arrangements local authorities are free to make their own decisions about how much to borrow or spend on maintenance and the renewal of school buildings, although they are under a duty to determine how much they can afford, and then budget accordingly.

Concordat which the Scottish Government signed with COSLA on November 14, 2007 sets out the principles of, and the arrangements for, Scottish Government support for local authority expenditure. In terms of capital resources, local authorities have £2 billion over the last and current financial years to secure investment in school buildings and other local authority infrastructure for use by authorities according to their own priorities.

For further detailed information about Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Scotland, including schools projects, see the Infrastructure Investment pages.