Schools given £215m cash injection to buy accessibility equipment

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The government has agreed a cash boost for schools in England so that they can improve facilities for pupils with disabilities.

£215 million of capital funding will be offered to schools which will have to spend the money on improving access for pupils, classrooms and facilities.

Every local authority, except Isles of Scilly and City of London, will get at least £500,000 to be spent over three years from 2018.

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It is expected that councils will consult parents, carers and schools on how the money should be spent.

Minister for vulnerable children and families, Edward Timpson, told the BBC that the government wanted to ensure all children have equal opportunities regardless of their background and any‎ challenges they may face.

He was quoted in a BBC report as saying: “We’ve already made the biggest changes for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in a generation, but we want to go further and build on that success.

“Our multi-million pound investment will enable local councils to build new classrooms and improve facilities for pupils‎, ensuring that no child is left behind.”

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