Labour's Cllr Kate Groucutt

Labour’s Kate Groucutt, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Business, has called for the government’s Rebuilding Schools Programme to be expanded significantly.

Earlier this week it was confirmed that Longton Lane Primary School in Rainhill was one of 50 schools chosen by government for improvements:

Speaking to the St Helens Star today, Cllr Groucutt says: “This is excellent news for Longton Lane Primary School. However the Government’s school rebuilding programme is long overdue and needs to be expanded significantly. There has been very little funding for school buildings over the last decade, since the Labour Government’s Building Schools for the Future programme was scrapped in 2010.

We know that many other schools in St Helens Borough are in need of capital investment and we are using council funding to rebuild a number of our schools that are in the worst condition. But the Government really needs to expand this programme to address the last decade of austerity, and commit to providing the very best education environment for all our children and young people.”

Our Labour council is investing in new school buildings for Ashurst Primary School in Blackbrook and Penkford in Newton-le-Willows but more support is needed nationally.

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