The Secretary Of State for Education Michael Gove MP this afternoon announced sweeping cuts to the BSF program.
In his statement to the house this evening Michael Gove confirmed what was widely expected, that any projects which are not at ‘Financial Close’ are suspended until after a review of the BSF program has been undertaken. Financial Close is the point where building has started or is due to start imminently.
There are roughly 1400 projects in the BSF program and Michael Gove said roughly half have been suspended while half will go ahead.
Michael Gove said the BSF program was mired down in red tape and bureaucracy. He gave examples of 9 meta stages each with sub stages, which councils had to complete before a BSF project could go ahead.
He said it was ‘no surprise’ that it could take up to 3 years before a builder was contracted or a brick was laid.
During his questions and responses after his statement, Michael Gove clearly had a list of all the schools affected by his cuts but refused to publish it and forced MPs to ask which schools in their constituencies were affected.
Rob Flello MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, asked about the schools in Stoke-on-Trent as they were in phase 1 of the BSF project. Michael Gove confirmed that projects in Stoke-on-Trent will go ahead.
- 20:20 Discovery Academy Unaffected
- Co-operative Academy at Brownhills Unaffected
- Stoke on Trent 3 (Berry Hill/St Peters) Unaffected
- Stoke on Trent 5 (Blurton) Unaffected
- Stoke on Trent 6 (James Brindley) Unaffected
- Birches Head Open (11/2007)
- Sandon High Open (02/2008)
- Abbey Hill Unaffected
- Aynsley Special Unaffected
- Edensor school Unaffected
- Haywood Unaffected
- Heathfield Special Unaffected
- Holden Lane Unaffected
- Kemball Special Unaffected
- Longton school Unaffected
- Middlehurst Special Unaffected
- Mitchell school Unaffected
- St Josephs (RC) Unaffected
- St Margaret Ward (RC) Unaffected
- St Thomas More (RC) Unaffected
- Thistley Hough Unaffected
- Trent Vale Unaffected
- Trentham Unaffected
So after years of negotiation, call ins and waiting it looks Like Stoke-on-Trent has fallen lucky and is not affected by the cuts to the BSF program