Schools repair plans facing a huge backlog
Feb 16 2008 by Moira Sharkey, South Wales Echo
THE repair backlog in schools in Wales has risen by more than £200m in 18 months, new figures have revealed.
The Welsh Assembly Government faces an £818m backlog in school repairs and maintenance. It has pledged to spend £708m over the next four years.
But the Welsh Conservatives, who obtained the figures, claim the administration has no hope of meeting its pledge of ridding Welsh schools of crumbling classrooms by the end of the current Assembly term.
Shadow Education Minister and South Wales West AM Alun Cairns said: “Children across Wales are going to be taught in sub-standard classrooms for years to come. While we welcome any extra investment in new school buildings, it is clear the Welsh Assembly Government and local authorities are facing a massive financial backlog which shows no sign of coming to an end.”
A Welsh Assembly Government spokeswoman said: “The increased figure for backlog will stem from LEAs undertaking more recent building condition surveys, taking account of new requirements such as disability requirements and building regulations, all of which would feed into a more refined asset management plan.”