County schools handed £4.6m for energy efficiency - The Malvern Observer

County schools handed £4.6m for energy efficiency

Malvern Editorial 20th Feb, 2023   0

SCHOOLS across Worcestershire have been handed an energy efficiency boost with £4.6million in Government funding.

Council chiefs at Worcestershire County Council have welcomed the seven-figure boost which has been specifically shared to help schools and academies improve their energy efficiency, during the current financial year.

Central Government announced schools, academies and sixth-form colleges across the UK will receive an allocation from £447million in capital funding in 2022-23 for capital improvements to buildings and facilities, prioritising works to improve energy efficiency.

Coun Tracey Onslow, cabinet member for Education, said: “This allocation is great news for Worcestershire to help us improve energy efficiency in our schools during a time when the cost of energy is rising.”

The county’s funding allocation was referred to in the County Council’s Cabinet meeting for February, where the budget for the next financial year was recommended to Full Council.

The budget for the next year also highlights a significant increase in the Schools Block Dedicated Schools Grant in December.

The Dedicated Schools Grant funding has risen from a total of £498.6million for 2022-23 to £532.6million for 2023-24.

There is also additional funding of £14million which was announced in the spending review to support financial pressures within the county’s schools.

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