Weir welcomes funding boost for Education

Date published: 25 October 2016

Education Minister, Peter Weir has welcomed an additional £13million capital funding as part of the October Monitoring process.

Education Minister Peter Weir

The extra funding will be spent on minor works and the purchase of furniture and equipment for schools. 

In addition, the Department also received £2.3million towards the Shared Education Signature project as well as £1million for a range of other pressures.

Peter Weir said:

“This extra funding is welcome news, particularly in these financially challenging times. It will help deliver more minor works schemes which can make a real difference to schools and childcare settings.

“It is estimated that over £50million will be invested in the minor works programme in the 2016/17 financial year. This investment will enable improvements to be carried out across the schools estate, positively impacting on pupils, teachers and school staff.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. ‘Minor works’ relates to capital projects valued at less than £500,000.  These can  range from minor improvements to more significant projects and extensions.
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  3. Media enquiries to the Department of Education Press Office Tel: 028 9127 9207. Out of office hours, contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07623 974383, and your call will be returned.

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