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Build Schools for the Future Ruling by Court

Tuesday 15th February 2011

Following the axing of the £55billion Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme Mr Gove was told to reconsider his decision to scrap the scheme in six areas. It was ruled that he had failed to consult councils in the decision so they were within their rights to challenge it. The cancellation of the project means that 700 planned school rebuilding projects will no longer happen.

The specific challenge by councils, made against the decision to axe the revamping of the schools, were from the following six areas: Waltham Forest Council, Luton Borough Council, Nottingham City Council, Sandwell Council, Kent County Council and Newham Council and relate to 58 schools which, had they been allowed to go ahead, would have cost the government £1bn.

The judge ruled that Mr Gove failed to give the authorities an “opportunity to make representations”. The shadow education secretary has written to the Prime Minister asking for Michael Gove to be removed from any further investigations into the project’s future.

Mr Gove said his decisions were “clear and rational” and that Mr Justice Holman’s had “not ordered him to reinstate funding or pay compensation to any of the claimants!”

 

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