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Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL5629, tabled on 24 January 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent on the (1) upgrading, and (2) improvement, of (a) primary, and (b) secondary, state school buildings for the years (i) 2015, and (ii) 2000.

Answered on

28 January 2022

The department allocates annual condition funding to schools and those responsible for school buildings. Since 2015, the department has allocated £11.3 billion to maintain and improve school buildings, including £1.8 billion for the financial year 2021-22.

Local authorities (LAs), large multi-academy trusts and large voluntary-aided (VA) school bodies receive an annual school condition allocation to invest in capital maintenance and upgrades across the schools for which they are responsible. Stand-alone schools, small academy trusts and smaller VA bodies are eligible to apply for funding through the Condition Improvement Fund.

All schools also receive funding to spend on their capital priorities through an annual devolved formula capital allocation.

In addition to condition allocations, we deliver major rebuilding programmes centrally, including the Priority Schools Building Programme, which is rebuilding or refurbishing more than 500 schools in the poorest condition. In June 2020, my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, announced a new 10-year School Rebuilding Programme. We have announced the first 100 schools to benefit from the programme, as part of a commitment to 500 projects over the next decade.

In the 2015-16 financial year, the department allocated a total of £5.1 billion in capital funding to schools, including funding for rebuilding projects and to deliver school places. This includes £1,399,601,236 in condition funding to schools and those responsible for school buildings. You can find the allocations for individual schools here: This funding is not broken down between primary and secondary schools because much of the funding was allocated to LAs, academy trusts and VA school bodies to invest based on local knowledge.

In the 2000-01 financial year, the department allocated £1.9 billion in capital funding for schools. A breakdown of how this funding was spent across different projects is not readily available.