On 1 March 2013, the Secretary of State announced details of the capital funding of around £4 billion that will be made available to create new school places and to carry out maintenance and repair work to existing school buildings.
The announcement included details on the allocation of:
In his Autumn Statement on 5 December 2012, the Chancellor announced that the Government will provide additional investment of £982 million for schools in England over the remainder of this Parliament.
With this additional funding, ministers have launched the Targeted Basic Need Programme to fund the provision of new, high quality school places in the areas that need it most. The programme will offer additional support to those local authorities experiencing the greatest pressure on places and will help them to prepare for further rises in pupil numbers. Further details of the Targeted Basic Need Programme can be found on this page.
Basic need funding has been allocated to local authorities. This is because local authorities are responsible for ensuring that there are sufficient schools locally to meet demand. Local authorities can use this money to fund projects at any publicly-funded schools, including voluntary-aided schools and academies (including at existing or new Free Schools) where they address basic need pressures.
£200 million of devolved formula capital funding has been allocated directly to all publicly-funded schools, and final DFC allocations will be confirmed during April 2013, when it will be clear which schools have converted to academy status by the beginning of that month.
As was the case in 2012-13, all of these allocations of basic need, maintenance and devolved formula capital will be delivered as capital grant.
Advice has already been issued by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) on the application process for Academies Capital Maintenance Funding, sixth-form colleges Building Condition Improvement Fund and the application information for the 16-19 Demographic Growth Capital Fund is now available.
Additional information about the Department’s capital programmes is available from the email address on this page.
EFA Capital Funding enquiries
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Information regarding the application process for the 16-19 Demographic Growth Capital Fund 2013-15.
Information on the Targeted Basic Need Programme.