Extra £7.3 million funding for school expansions

Merton Council has secured an extra £7.3 million in funding from the Department for Education to help with its school expansion plans to accommodate the 39% increase in births in the borough.

The extra money, in addition to the original £7 million school building grant for 2012-13, brings the total extra government funding for school building to £14.3 million. This will give a significant boost to the council’s £53 million school expansion programme.

Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Peter Walker said: “I am delighted that our case for extra funding has been recognised at this difficult financial time. The extra cash will benefit the children of our borough and help us meet our legal obligation to accommodate all local children in good schools close to where they live.”