MP urges council to consider legal action against government over Building Schools for the Future cuts

Bob Ainsworth – Member of Parliament for Coventry North East – believes that Coventry City Council may have a legal case against the Department for Education over their decision to cut the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

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.

Bob said:

“I believe that Coventry has been unfairly and disproportionately hit by the cuts to the Building Schools for the Future programme. It seems to me from conversations I have had with other MPs that different criteria have been used by the Department for Education when deciding the fate of individual schools and I believe that Coventry has been discriminated against.

“I would urge the Council to look into the possibility of legal action to stop these rash cuts which will hold back the education of children in Coventry.”

NOTES

o A list of the schools affected can be found here;

http://www.education.gov.uk/news/news/$/media/Files/lacuna/news/bsf/LAwidelistofSchools050710.ashx

FRIDAY 9TH JULY 2010

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