Investing in Education & Young People – £280m for Cardiff Schools

***Investing in Education & Young People – £280m for Cardiff Schools***

At a time when councils across the UK are facing unprecedented cuts in their budget from the UK Government, Cardiff Council is standing up to the severe cuts by investing in Education for young people across Cardiff.

The Labour administration will continue to invest in children’s education and to transform the education system in the local area by rebuilding Fitzalan, Cantonian, Willows, Cathays and expanding Cardiff High. Investment will also be made to Nant Caerau, Fairwater, Pen y Pil primary schools and St Mary the Virgin.

The new £280.3m investment is in addition to Cardiff Council’s current £164m 21st Century Schools programme (Band A), which saw the creation of the brand-new Ysgol Glan Ceubal, in Llandaff North.

Cardiff Council will also be making:

– £43m investment in existing schools estate;
– £7m additional revenue support for schools;
– £5.8m additional revenue support for Children’s Services (+11%);
– £1m investment in parks playground equipment and;
– £0.2m funding to support the Cardiff Commitment and Junior Apprenticeships.

Cardiff’s proposals also include an expansion and re-shaping of special needs provision for the city. Four new special schools will be built.

Councils across the UK are struggling to make ends meet and Council Tax rates are having to rise to compensate for the severe cuts from the UK Government. It was recently reported that Northamptonshire council went effectively bankrupt as a result of the UK government starving it of funds. In this year alone, Cardiff Council will be forced to bridge a £25m budget gap as a result of the UK Government austerity measures. The council is determined to continue the investment in our capital city and to continue to improve schools, roads, transport infrastructure, the city’s leisure and housing offerings and to help create jobs.

This years 5% Council Tax rise will bring in an extra £6.4m, money the council needs if it’s to deliver on the ambitious plans for the city and protect core services everyone relies on. Each 1% increase in Council Tax raises about £1.3 million. Council Tax alone will not cover the £25m shortfall this year. The council is determined to stand up to the cuts being made and to deliver a strong budget for the city and its residents.

Examples of how the Cardiff Council Budget (2018/19) will invest in the future over the next five years can be found at: