Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Youth & Children’s Services at Hounslow Council statement.
Published: Monday, 18th May 2020
Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Youth & Children’s Services at Hounslow Council said:
"Hounslow Council is part funding the costs of the Thames Walkway and Chiswick Boathouse from the Schools Expansion Programme capital budget. However, to be clear, the council is not taking money away from schools projects as there are no further developments required.
"The council allocated a significant amount of money to the Schools Expansion budget some while ago, but the remainder of this was no longer required given that the population growth was not as high as predicted at the time and there are no further expansions needed currently.
"The school revenue budget is a completely separate matter and to try and conflate the two is wrong. Monies set aside for the Schools Expansion Programme a few years ago were from council resources, whereas the revenue budgets within schools, which remains unchanged, are provided by Central Government where the council has little discretion in terms of spend."