Commenting on the government’s basic needs allocation announcement for building new school places, Cllr Peter John, London Councils’ Executive member for children, employment and skills, said:
“London needs 113,000 school places by 2017/18, of which councils have already created 45,000 places by expanding existing schools and working with local providers to build new schools.
“But building schools in London is expensive, because land costs are higher, as are labour costs and the cost of delivering materials for construction.
“Boroughs are spending around £9,000 per pupil in order to make up the shortfall in government funding and meet rising demand. This latest announcement means boroughs will have to find even more money at a time when council budgets are already under huge financial pressure.
“If we are to ensure every child in the capital has access to a high quality school, boroughs need to be sufficiently funded.”
Notes to Editors
1. Figures from our report released last summer Do the Maths 2014: London's school places challenge available to view here.