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British PM Announces $1B in School Rebuilding

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a 10-year plan on Monday (June 29) to rebuild schools across England, pledging 1 billion pounds (roughly $1.2 billion) to the program.

This is reportedly the first major rebuilding program launched since 2014.

Initial Plans

The program is slated to start in 2020-21 with the first 50 projects, which will include schools of all levels, though the specific sites have yet to be named. The projects are scheduled to be confirmed this fall, with construction beginning next fall.

Funding will be targeted to the buildings in the worst condition first, and the details are to be set out at the next Spending Review.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a 10-year plan on Monday (June 29) to rebuild schools across England, pledging 1 billion pounds (roughly $1.2 billion) to the program.

The PM’s office also states that the projects will aim to help meet the governments net-zero goals, along with implementing modern construction methods and creating skilled-labor jobs.

Johnson said he will allocate 560 million pounds for repairs and upgrades and 200 million pounds to colleges.

According to The Guardian, this plan gives Johnson an opportunity to build on his “levelling up the country” platform that he ran on as part of his election campaign. Some suggest that it’s a response to public criticism over how the PM's administration has handled the COVID-19 pandemic thus far.

“As we bounce back from the pandemic, it’s important we lay the foundations for a country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, with our younger generations front and center of this mission,” Johnson said.

“This major new investment will make sure our schools and colleges are fit for the future, with better facilities and brand-new buildings so that every child gets a world-class education.”

The PM’s office added: “This fast-tracked activity will further support the government’s wider plans to protect jobs and incomes and drive forward the country’s economic recovery from the pandemic.”

Elsewhere

Meanwhile, in terms of rebuilding after the pandemic shutdowns, United States House Democrats introduced a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill earlier this month, calling for an increase in funding for road and bridge repairs, in addition to funding for clean drinking water.

The legislation has been titled the Moving Forward Act.

According to reports, the Moving Forward Act is a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill, aimed at providing:

  • $100 billion for broadband;
  • $100 billion for low-income schools;
  • $100 billion in funding for public housing;
  • $70 billion for clean energy projects;
  • $30 billion to upgrade hospitals;
  • $25 billion for drinking water; and
  • $25 billion for the postal service, among others.

View all of PaintSquare Daily News' COVID-19 coverage, here.

   

Tagged categories: COVID-19; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Good Technical Practice; Government; Government contracts; Infrastructure; Schools

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