Dr Julian Huppert – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Education

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Dr Julian Huppert on 2014-03-31.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to ensure long-term capital funding for sixth form colleges.

Mr David Laws

The 2013 Spending Round confirmed the levels of capital funding that the Department for Education will receive between 2015 and 2021. This settlement will enable the Department to develop a long-term approach, allowing us to consider making allocations over a number of years, which would help schools, sixth-form colleges and their responsible bodies to plan with greater confidence.

I am clear that in future years our funding should be better targeted to where it is most needed, and it is for this reason that the Department is currently collecting up to date information on the condition of school buildings, including sixth-form colleges, through a comprehensive survey. This survey is due to be completed by the summer and it is our intention that the results will be used to inform the allocation of capital maintenance funding from 2015-16.