Has David Bols had a sleepover at Sarwar Mansions? He’s on a roll with stories based on limited and laughable feeds from Scottish Labour today.
Yes, they’re going to go on schools! Really:
SNP ministers have been accused of putting planning schools upgrade projects in jeopardy after it was revealed the next wave of funding may not be available for another 12 months.
Labour have claimed the hold-ups show “our do-nothing Education Secretary doing nothing”.https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19806324.snp-ministers-putting-school-building-projects-jeopardy-funding-delays/
This is like shooting fish in a barrel:
From the Scottish Government statistics section in September 2021:
The proportion of schools reported as being in good or satisfactory condition has increased to 90.2% (89.9% in 2020). This is 29 percentage points higher than in April 2007 (61.1%).
The publication of ‘School Estates Statistics 2021’ by Scotland’s Chief Statistician also showed that the proportion of pupils educated in schools in “poor” or “bad” condition has decreased from 36.6% of all pupils (around 257,000) in 2007 [after a decade of Lib Lab rule] to 8.4% of all pupils (around 59,000) in 2021.
Since 2007-08, 1,000 schools have been built or substantially refurbished (includes those with cost of at least £500,000 for primary and at least £1 million for secondary and special).
Readers may also remember Scottish Labour’s performance on schools was problematic when their PFI schemes put local authority inspectors out of the loop leading to walls without cavity ties collapsing: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-38907714
And from 2017:
SNP insist Labour apologise for ‘staggering’ PFI bill after it breaks £1billion barrier
The huge sum covers schemes favoured by the previous Scottish Labour-led administration including schools and hospitals.
The cost of repaying privately funded public building construction broke the £1billion barrier for the first time last year.https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/snp-insist-labour-apologise-staggering-11073405
If I was a Labour adviser, I’d say: ‘Shut up! At least that way we might keep what support we have.’