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Cash For Cornish Schools Cut

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:31pm 25th September 2013

Cornwall lobbies the government over cash for more than 800 extra primary school places.

Ministers had promised £18 million for areas like St Austell, Newquay, Bodmin and Redruth.

But now the Council says they are only being offered eight million.

Officials are demanding a U-turn.

Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Lead Member for Children and Young People, said: "To say I am disappointed with the Government would be a massive understatement.

"I find it hard to believe that on one hand the Government informs the Council that we have all our bids and funding approved, but then find out the actual funding does not even cover the basic build costs. This leaves the Council in a difficult position regarding having to provide extra school places without the correct funding to do so."

Cllr Wallis told Pirate FM: "We are lobbying the agency to say 'give us the money' or 'if you think we can do it for far less come down and do it for us' and if they don't come round to our way of thinking we will have to look at other means of funding this.

"There is a very grave danger that we will have to transport these young people to other schools and that's not good enough. People like to go to their local school and that is what we have been trying to do, to create spaces in these local schools."

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