§ Jacqui Smith
Special schools in England will receive over £6 million for repair and renewal of school buildings in the current financial year, their share of the £167 million extra funding announced in the pre-Budget statement. To reduce red tape and prevent delay the money will be devolved direct to schools and will be available to them in the next few weeks. Each special school will get an allocation in proportion to its existing allocation of formula capital for this year, equating to about £3,500, plus £26 per pupil. This means that, in total, a special school with 100 pupils will now get around £13,000 this year for repairs and improvement.