Gosport MP praises government spending on schools

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Jean Everitt from Friends of the Earth, Cllr Trevor Cartwright, Cllr Rob Humby, Cllr Graham Burgess, Jean MacGrory from Hampshire County Council with Callum Manson, Thomas Houghton and Skye Maccoll from Rowner Junior School. Picture: David George

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AN MP has supported a coalition government announcement of more cash for school places in the county.

Gosport’s MP Caroline Dinenage praised plans to pump an extra £2.35bn into school places, on top of the £5bn already spent during this parliament.

It means Hampshire schools will get £81m between 2014 and 2017.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘The last government failed to address the pressure that rising birth rates has placed on our schools, instead choosing to cut 200,000 primary school places and allow immigration to soar.

‘I am proud that this government is working on a long-term plan to help young people develop the skills they need to fulfil their potential.’

The funding is the first time local councils have had three-year allocations to spend on school places.

It means authorities can plan ahead to make sure each child has as a school place.

Since 2010, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has created 260,000 school places.