It is worth understanding one of the major constraints on Ealing’s capital spending – the burgeoning population in our schools. The previous Conservative administration made financial provision for 16 permanent additional forms of entry in our primary schools and 9 temporary forms. The total allocated by the end of our time last year was £71.4 million.
Getting these numbers right is a very tough judgement call and this year the new Labour administration has had to put an additional £45 million aside for an additional 8 forms of entry and more temporary places.
This will continue to be a huge issue for the borough and will roll through to secondary provision and be a significant constraint on what any administration can do on the capital side.