Ever since I got elected, I have been lobbying - with some success - for capital funding to help the Council provide additional school places for the increasing number of children in the borough of school age. The immediate need is for more primary school places, although of course as these children grow up we will need more places in secondary schools too.
The previous Government spent a lot of money on refurbishing secondary schools (although we never saw much of it in Croydon) but this meant very little money was spent on providing much needed additional places in primary schools. So we are facing an urgent problem at a time when there isn't as much money available.
I am therefore delighted that on 3rd November Michael Gove announced a further £8 million for Croydon this year. It's only a fraction of what we are going to need to spend over the next few years but it is a significant sum of money that will help the Council address this problem.