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Liverpool investigates new schools formula

Liverpool City Council has drawn up plans to build four scrapped secondary schools at half the cost of the original proposals.

Liverpool’s Building Schools for the Future taskforce, set up in the wake of the government’s decision to abandon the £55 billion programme, has investigated using standardised models to shave millions of pounds off construction.

A spokesman said the council was awaiting education secretary Michael Gove’s response to the James Review proposals on schools procurement published at the end of March, before deciding on submitting any new plans to the government.

“There are four schools we have conducted feasibility studies for. They are also the schools which were furthest down the line in Wave 6 of BSF,” he said.

“We just have to wait for the government.”

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