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Spending on school buildings plummets.

Spending on school buildings plummets.

Government spending on school buildings has plunged by more than 40 per cent since the Conservatives came to power, according to Labour.

Capital spending has slumped by £3.5 billion since 2010-11, the party’s analysis of the IFS Green Budget data found, down from £8.8 billion to £5.2 billion this financial year.

Labour released the figures just days before the new Budget in a bid to pressure chancellor Philip Hammond to “end austerity in education”.

The party is calling for the Treasury to find £1 billion to end cuts to per pupil funding – which has fallen 8 per cent per pupil since 2010 – and meet teacher pay increases.

Labour is also pushing for more than £5.7 billion of spending next financial year to reverse cuts to school, adult and further education, and support for deprived children.

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