SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT INVESTING £14 MILLION IN SOUTH LANARKSHIRE SCHOOLS

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SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT INVESTING £14 MILLION IN SOUTH LANARKSHIRE SCHOOLS

SNP MSP Clare Haughey has hailed Scotland’s ‘Schools for the Future’ school building programme for investing £14.1 million in South Lanarkshire, on the same day the Scottish Government has opened a hat-trick of new high school buildings across the country.

The Scottish Government’s school building programme that launched in 2009 will see the construction or refurbishment of 117 schools in total by March 2020, 87 of which are already open.

The figures were released after a parliamentary question by Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey which further outlined that the programme has a total spend of £1.8bn and it will see a new school project being delivered in every local authority area in Scotland. When combined with the number of schools built and refurbished by local authority partners – over 750 schools will have been rebuilt or refurbished since 2007.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Rutherglen Clare Haughey said:

“The Scottish Government is investing in building and refurbishing schools in every local authority across the country through Scotland’s £1.8bn Schools for the Future programme, including £14.1 million in South Lanarkshire.

“What’s more, not only do these new schools provide enormous benefits for the education of our children and young people, they also help the local economy with jobs and apprenticeship opportunities during construction, and will serve the wider community now that they are open.

“Supporting pupils, teachers, parents and wider communities across South Lanarkshire with state of the art school buildings, combined with the £170m Attainment Scotland Funding this year, will help ensure that every child in Scotland gets the best possible start in life, no matter what school they go to.”

ENDS

Notes:

Link to Clare Haughey MSP’s written parliamentary question can be found below:

http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx?SearchType=Advance&ReferenceNumbers=S5W-16901&ResultsPerPage=10

 

Date published: 13th June 2018

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