UK's Johnson eyes school-building boom after coronavirus slump

Carla Harmon
June 29, 2020

He is said to be frustrated by the slow pace of delivering major projects and believes that if the Nightingale hospitals can be built and opened within weeks there is no reason why workers cannot "rebuild and repair" the country faster than ever before.

Brown added: "Michael Winterbottom is the ideal filmmaker to tell the story of the extraordinary events surrounding Boris Johnson's new government and the Covid-19 pandemic, which has captured the attention of the world".

It said the 560 million pounds ($615m) for school repairs and upgrades was on top of more than 1.4 billion pounds ($1.73bn) in school condition funding committed in 2020-21, and that the 200 million pounds ($247m) would bring forward plans first announced by the finance minister.

"As we get well from the pandemic we must implement that very same urgency to the key jobs at the foundations of this state and get them finished correct, to certainly degree up opportunity across the Uk".

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "Replacing and upgrading poor condition school and college buildings with modern, energy efficient designs will give our students and teachers the environment they deserve, and support them to maximise their potential".

Details of the programme, along with eligibility for funding, will be laid out in full at the next Spending Review, Number 10 confirmed.

The Government is aiming for the projects to use modern and green construction methods both to help meet the UK's net zero emissions target by 2050 and also create highly skilled jobs in the construction sector.

"The funding is nowhere near the £7 billion the National Audit Office has said is needed to fix our schools", said the MP. "Infrastructure has the power to rebuild and fix our country - and we will do it better, faster and more strategically than before".

New analysis from the opposition party suggested that seven of England's nine regions saw a reduction in public capital investment per person over the past 10 years since the Conservatives came to power.

Despite the likely questions over the bill for such works, Johnson repeated that his government would not return to the austerity policies seen under Conservative former prime minister, David Cameron.

The government is to launch a new taskforce it says will accelerate the delivery of major projects as Britain tries to find a way out of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sir Keir said: "For much of the country, the Tories' record on building and investment has been a lost decade".

The selection of personnel on Uk payrolls dived additional than 600,000 among March and May perhaps, formal figures propose, with economists warning the complete influence on work will not be felt right up until wage support schemes end.

Boris Johnson has faced critical criticism for the way his governing administration has managed the coronavirus outbreak - and thoughts are probable to proceed as ministers appear to relieve the lockdown in England.

"The government's approach will put work opportunities, enterprises and livelihoods at risk which will impose fees on us all".

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