Over £10 million proposed to improve school buildings across Milton Keynes

The Labour and Lib Dem alliance, which runs Milton Keynes Council, has proposed over £10 million to improve school buildings.

The 'Progressive Alliance' has said that this cash will be spent keeping community school buildings in good repair, and also upgrading buildings to reduce carbon emissions.

This will help Milton Keynes Council reach its target of being carbon-neutral by 2030, a target which the local authority says is the "most ambitious climate change target" of any local authority in the UK. 

The announcement comes as a national report highlighted that school buildings in England require over £11bn of repairs to bring them up to an acceptable standard, with £1.7bn needed in the South East alone. 

Cllr Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Our £10m spending on school buildings is an investment in our local children. It is also an investment in our future, as the funding will be used not only to fix buildings, but to make community schools more energy efficient in order to help us meet our carbon reduction targets.”

“The reality is that a decade of Conservative government means schools across England are falling apart, with the funding needed to meet the repair bill more than doubling over the past few years. However, unlike Tory councils and government cuts to academies, here in MK the Progressive Alliance-led council is investing millions in education.”  

Cllr Nolan will formally take the decision on 8th June.