Funding for urgent works jumps 300% in 12 months – Tim Warneford featured in Schools Week

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Recent analysis conducted by Schools Week shows that funding approved through the government’s urgent capital support (UCS) scheme has hit a six-year high – with academies using the money to fix collapsed ceilings and tear out ageing pipework. The UCS scheme is only for building issues that ‘pose the threat of immediate school closure’ and cannot wait until the next round of the condition improvement fund (CIF).

Warneford Consulting’s Director, Tim Warneford, was asked for his expert opinion as emergency capital cash handouts soar to £12m in the wake of the number of successful CIF applications falling by 60% since 2020-21.

“It’s a sign of the times. What it seems to suggest is that it’s the larger-value projects that are being rejected [for CIF] and then falling into UCS.” Tim Warneford.

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