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Bob Ainsworth MP seeks meeting with Minister to discuss the condition of Richard Lee Primary School

Bob Ainsworth – Member of Parliament for Coventry North East – has written to Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, to seek a meeting to discuss the condition of Richard Lee Primary School. 

In his letter to Michael Gove, Bob said:

“Richard Lee is currently top of Coventry City Council’s list of primary schools to be rebuilt as a consequence of its age, poor state of disrepair and the fact that it does not meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. 

“However, the proposed rebuild does not look likely to happen in the near future as the Council are currently unable to make the necessary plans due to uncertainty surrounding future funding allocations from central government.

“This uncertainty has left the school with a significant list of repairs that urgently need to be carried out, but insufficient funds with which to do so.  The roof, boiler, windows, electrics, and drainage system all need to be replaced and as a result of a flood at the school in January, around 80 pupils are currently being taught in a corridor.

“I visited the school last Friday and I was appalled by the condition that teachers and pupils are expected to work and learn in.  This dreadful state of affairs cannot be allowed to continue and I would therefore ask that you meet with myself and a delegation from the school and the Council to discuss what can be done to improve the situation at this school”.

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Bob Ainsworth MP concerned about the state of school building

Bob Ainsworth – Member of Parliament for Coventry North East – along with Councillors Hazel Sweet, Faye Abbott and Lynnette Kelly met Head Teacher and Governors of Richard Lee Primary School on Friday 11th February to discuss the condition of the school building.

The school was due to be rebuilt as a consequence of its age, poor state of disrepair and the fact that it did not meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. However, due to Government cuts in public spending this has not happened and does not seem likely to happen in the near future.

This has left the school with a significant list of repairs that urgently need to be carried out, but insufficient funds with which to do so.

Concerns over the condition of the school building have prompted parents to write to Bob and local Councillors to ask for assistance.

Bob said:

“I fully understand parents concerns. I visited Richard Lee School not so long ago and saw for myself the poor condition of the building.

“The primary concern of both teachers and parents is understandably the safety and wellbeing of the children. They believe that their children should be educated in a building that is fit for purpose and I don’t think that is too much to ask.

“For my part, I will do whatever I can to help.”

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Coventry delegation to meet with Secretary of State for Education on Building Schools for the Future cuts

Bob Ainsworth, Jim Cunningham and Geoffrey Robinson are due to meet with the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, to discuss the cuts to the Building Schools for the Future programme announced by the Coalition Government last week. Also attending the meeting will be Cllr Lynnette Kelly, Cllr George Duggins and representatives from Coventry City Council.

The meeting is due to take place on Thursday 15th July 2010 at 2pm in the Houses of Parliament.

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. This meeting will give us the opportunity to seek clarification from the Secretary of State on why Coventry appears to have been affected more deeply than other local authorities.

“It’s clear that these cuts will hold back the education of Children in Coventry and I will be making this point to the Secretary of State most forcefully.”

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

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MONDAY 12th JULY 2010

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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.”

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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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MP says Coventry disproportionately hit by cuts to Building Schools for the Future Programme

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.

Bob said:

“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

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