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Budget: More than £500m schools cash expected

More than £500m of funding is set to be announced in tomorrow’s Budget for schools construction work.

The Daily Telegraph said the government would invest £320m to build new free schools as well as £216m to rebuild and refurbish existing schools.

report released by public spending watchdog National Audit Office last month found that more than £13bn was needed to bring school buildings in England up to a ‘good’ standard.

The NAO report, which examined how well the Department for Education used its capital funding for schools since 2015, revealed that the free schools programme had spiralled in cost and under-delivered on schools.

Writing for The Daily Telegraph today, prime minister Theresa May said: “If we are to give our children and grandchildren a fair chance to succeed in an ever more competitive world, we have to build a future where every child can access a good school place.”

The Treasury has been contacted for comment.

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