School Building Programme Scrapped In Latest Round Of Cuts

Michael Gove today cancelled Labour's school building programme, suspending projects for 715 new schools as part of the coalition's latest tranche of spending cuts, which also saw funding culled for new housing projects, school swimming pools and eco-towns. The coalition has acknowledged for the first time that it is to target Sure Start in its austerity measures, primarily by finding underspends and reducing inefficiencies. But the Department for Education warned it would cut core funding for future Sure Start building projects as a "last resort". The coalition government took its axe to a further £1.5bn in spending commitments, cutting £1bn from the schools budget and millions from the business department, communities and local government and the Home Office. The announcement coincided with the education secretary's confirmation that the £55bn, 20-year Building Schools for the Future programme would be cancelled altogether. Some 706 new school buildings and services that already have