Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has defended himself against accusations that he failed to fully fund a programme to rebuild England’s schools.

Sunak, who was chancellor from 2020 to 2022, was asked about the issue during a visit to a school in West Yorkshire on Wednesday. He said that the government had invested “record amounts” in school rebuilding, and that the number of schools being rebuilt had increased by 50% since 2010.

“It’s completely wrong to suggest that we’ve slashed funding for school rebuilding,” Sunak said. “We’ve invested record amounts in this area.”

However, the Labour Party has accused Sunak of breaking a promise to fully fund the school rebuilding programme. The party said that the government had only committed to funding 50% of the cost of rebuilding schools, and that this would leave many schools in need of repair.

“Rishi Sunak has broken his promise to fully fund school rebuilding,” said Labour’s shadow education secretary, Bridget Phillipson. “This is a betrayal of our children and their futures.”

The government has said that it will review the school rebuilding programme in the coming months.

Here are some additional details about the school rebuilding programme:

  • The programme was launched in 2016 with the aim of rebuilding 500 schools by 2030.
  • The government has committed to funding 50% of the cost of rebuilding each school.
  • The remaining 50% of the cost is expected to be met by local authorities and schools.
  • The programme has been criticized by some for being too slow and for not being ambitious enough.

The future of the school rebuilding programme is uncertain. The government has said that it will review the programme in the coming months. It is possible that the government could decide to increase funding for the programme, or that it could scale back the programme altogether.

The school rebuilding programme is a major investment in England’s schools. It is important that the government gets the programme right, so that all children have access to safe and well-maintained schools.

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