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Schools in south London 'may lose 65m refit'

Deteriorating building
Many of Carshalton High School's buildings show signs of aging

Five schools in south London may lose access to a £65m fund intended to help them refurbish aging buildings, the coalition government has admitted.

The money, part of the Building Schools for the Future programme, may be axed as part of governmental spending cuts.

The headteacher of one school which may be affected called the plans a "promise" that should be upheld.

Local Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake would not rule out cutting the scheme but said quangos should be cut first.

But Vivien Jones, headteacher at Carshalton High School for Girls, said: "These are front-line services.

We will have to look at that programme - whether it is deliverable, whether it was ever deliverable
Tom Brake MP

"These are services for the future generations to get the best possible education they can.

"That's been promised to them and that promise should absolutely be upheld."

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat government has said it will review every financial decision taken during the last four months.

Mr Brake said: "We will have to look at that programme - whether it is deliverable, whether it was ever deliverable.

"But we know costs can be taken out of overheads and quangos.

"That has got to be the first port of call."



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