Norfolk and Suffolk to receive �9.3m to tackle shortage of school places

Norfolk and Suffolk will between them get an extra �9.3m to tackle a shortage in school places.

The money, to be made available to local authorities in this financial year, is part of a �600m pot from the Department for Education (DfE) and is benefiting 110 councils in England. It has been allocated according to areas in most urgent need of extra places and means Norfolk will get just under �3.4m while Suffolk gets more than �5.9m.

Announcing the funds, education secretary Michael Gove said the money was in addition to the �800m to help meet demand for pupils places and the �1.4bn for maintenance announced last December.

Norwich South MP Simon Wright welcomed the news.

He said: 'There's a real need in the county for more school places as the population is projected to grow and this money will go a long way to help address the projected shortfall in places from 2013.

'This is a welcome boost, providing cash for classrooms in Norfolk.'

Last year it was revealed the number of primary school-aged pupils was set to jump by 21pc by 2020 compared with 2010.

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And the county council has already had to get to work finding an extra 380 spaces in the city to cater for a possible shortfall this September.

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