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Torbay gets £6.7m to fund more school places

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

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TORBAY schools are to receive a £6.7million boost to take more pupils.

The government announced an extra £2.35billion to create more school places.

The new funding is in addition to the £5billion already being spent in this parliament.

This means between 2014 and 2017 schools across the Bay will receive £6.7million.

The government says this is part of its long-term plan to give every young person the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

It is the first time councils have had three-year allocations of funding to spend on school places, with the aim of allowing Torbay Council to plan ahead and ensure every child has a school place.

The government has already created 260,000 new school places nationally and this announcement means thousands more are on the way.

Kevin Foster, the Conservative Parliamentary spokesman for Torbay, said: "It is great news for young people the government has found £6.7million of extra funding to meet the rising demand in the Bay and ensure every child has a place at school so they can fulfil their potential.

"This is part of our long-term plan to create an education system which gives young people who want to work hard the skills they need to get on in life and have a more secure and better future."

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