School fund­ing re­port to be de­ferred

Glamorgan Gazette - - News -

FUND­ING ar­range­ments for the next wave of in­vest­ment in new schools across Brid­gend need to be an­a­lysed again af­ter Welsh Gov­ern­ment changed its con­tri­bu­tion for projects.

Brid­gend coun­cil had pro­duced a re­port for full coun­cil on how the new builds would be fi­nanced.

But coun­cil­lors at a meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 21, voted to de­fer a de­ci­sion on the re­port af­ter be­ing told the Welsh Gov­ern­ment had in­creased its match fund­ing amount.

The new schools form part of the £68.2m sec­ond phase of the 21st Cen­tury Schools Pro­gramme.

Speak­ing at the meet­ing, coun­cil leader Huw David said: “We have this af­ter­noon been ad­vised that the con­tri­bu­tion rate from Welsh Gov­ern­ment will in­crease from 50% to 65%, re­duc­ing our con­tri­bu­tion rate to 35%.

“This is very good news but be­cause it is a sig­nif­i­cant change, it is pro­posed to de­fer the re­port to carry out fur­ther anal­y­sis of op­tions avail­able.”

In De­cem­ber 2017, Welsh Gov­ern­ment’s De­part­ment for Ed­uca- tion gave an “ap­proval in prin­ci­ple” for Brid­gend’s sec­ond wave of in­vest­ment.

The pro­gramme has yet to name in­di­vid­ual schools but has iden­ti­fied five pri­or­ity ar­eas: Brid­gend North East, Brid­gend South East, Brid­gend Spe­cial School, Brid­gend West – Welsh medium, and Brid­gend West – English medium.

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