Jon Cruddas MP and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council welcomes school building cash announcement

Jon Cruddas Mp for Dagenham & Rainham

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham & Rainham along with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council have welcomed today's announcement from the Department of Education. Two local schools have been named in the list of 261 across the country to benefit from the Government's Priority School Building Programme.

Two schools in Barking and Dagenham were part of 581 schools from across the country who applied and were both selected to benefit from the large cash injection. Eastbrook Comprehensive and EastburyComprehensiveSchools are set to make large scale improvements to both the facilities and the quality of teaching. However the application for a much needed new school at Barking Riverside was not a named project.

Reacting to the announcement, Councillor Rocky Gill, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Education, said: "We welcome the announcement by the Education Secretary but feel that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

"We still face a shortfall of £126m over a five year period and we are committed to working closely with our schools, parents and the Government to ensure the young people of Barking and Dagenham are not left behind."

The scheme was launched as a replacement for the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, which would have seen Barking and Dagenham schools receive £270m.

Councillor Gill further added that: "We still have schools across the borough whose buildings are in desperate need of urgent repairs and modernisation, which is further enhanced and with the extra demand for school places."

Although a great outcome – Barking and Dagenham schools will not be receiving as much under the new scheme as they would have under the old. Jon Cruddas believes that there is still much to be done with regard to local schools. With increasing numbers there is a pressing need for the Government to finance the building of more schools.