Bob Ainsworth – Member of Parliament for Coventry North East – believes that Coventry has been disproportionately hit by the Tory-Liberal coalition Government’s decision to axe a flagship school building programme, Building Schools for the Future (BSF).
Under the BSF programme, which was introduced by the previous Labour Government, Coventry had been allocated £355 million to rebuild nine secondary schools and secondary specialist schools and refurbish 11 others. The programme has now been halted as a result of the decision taken earlier this week by the Tory-Liberal Government.
“If you look at the list of school affected, Coventry seems to have been disproportionately hit. At this stage I’m not sure whether that is the result of the Tory Government targeting the City or a result of the previous Tory Council not running the Coventry Building Schools for the Future programme expeditiously enough.
“I am hugely disappointed for local parents, children and teachers who will now not get the new school buildings they were promised. I will be fighting tooth and nail against these rash cuts which will hold back the education of children in Coventry.
“I have contacted Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, and asked that he meet with a delegation from Coventry to discuss the matter and explain why Coventry has been affected more deeply that other local authorities.”
THURSDAY 8th JULY 2010