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Funding could be approved to repair dozens of Derbyshire schools

More than 25 schools across the county are set to benefit from a £570,000 Derbyshire County Council funding boost to help give children the best start in life.

The council’s Cabinet is to consider proposals to provide 25 schools with match-funding for improvement and refurbishment work at a meeting next week (Monday 16 March).

News of the school building boost comes a month after Full Council agreed recommendations about how it would spend its £560.2m budget for 2020-21 with one of the lowest council tax rises in the country.

The council has approved 416 projects since it launched its popular Joint Match Funding Initiative for schools in 2012 – and the 25 new bids to be considered by Cabinet next week would, if approved, take a share of £570,135.

The cash would fund projects including:

Roof repairs
Toilet and kitchen refurbishment
Window and door replacement
Replacement flooring
Playground resurfacing
Replacement CCTV systems

The funding arrangement considers projects valued from £10,000 with the county council matching 50 per cent of each school’s contribution up to a maximum of £15,000.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said: “Our match-funding programme demonstrates how financial support can provide value-for money lasting benefits to pupils, staff, visitors and wider school communities.

“We want every Derbyshire child to have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and get the best start in life – and this is supported by learning in the best possible environment.

“Sharing the cost in match-funding initiatives like this ensures that schools can carry out improvements and repairs while preventing the need for more costly repairs in the future and if approved, this funding will help us to help schools do just that.”

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