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Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Building new school places
London Councils has warned that the capital’s local authorities face an enormous challenge to keep pace with the demand for school places over the coming years. With pupil numbers set to increase in London at more than double the national rate, London Councils’ research carried out last year forecast a shortfall of 65,000 primary school places between 2011 and 2015. More than 200 new classrooms are being built in London in time for September and the government recently announced that London local authorities would receive half of the £600 million additional capital basic need funding it is allocating to create additional schools places. While this funding is welcomed, London Councils has warned that a significant financial shortfall remains, with the cost of ! meeting additional demand for school places across the capital predicted to rise to more than £1.7 billion over the next four years.