Government 'wastes billions' on state-of-art free schools leaving state schools in dire state of repair

National Audit Office report says £6.7bn needed just to bring all existing school buildings up to a 'satisfactory' standard.


Millions of pounds in taxpayers’ money is being wasted building state-of-the-art free schools that stand empty, while deteriorating and potentially unsafe buildings present a “looming crisis” for the local authority, MPs have warned.


In anticipation of the growing demand for school places, the Department of Education (DfE) plans to open 500 new free schools by 2020, costing an estimated £2.5bn simply to purchase the land needed to build them.


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