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Tories blame construction firms for BSF waste

Conservative shadow schools secretary Michael Gove has hit out at the profits made by construction companies on Building Schools for the Future schemes.

Mr Gove is reported to have told pupils that too much money went to contractors through the £55 billion programme to renew the country’s school estate.

The Tories have already courted controversy during the election campaign by suggesting that those BSF projects yet to reach financial close will not be guaranteed funding.

Mr Gove was quoted in the Shropshire Star today as saying: “One of the problems with the project is that the money doesn’t go to the schools, it goes to bureaucrats, architects and construction companies.

“That is wrong. The money should be at the front line, with the schools and the local authorities that support the schools.

“We’re going to do everything possible to make sure that money which should be spent on school buildings is spent on school buildings and not on bureaucrats.”

Mr Gove was visiting the Madeley Academy.