Issue details

Brookfield Special School Capital Improvement Programme – re-profile of spend

To approve an in-year adjustment to the capital programme in respect of the Brookfield Special School project.

 

On 28th April 2020, Cabinet approved expenditure on Brookfield Special School (Brookfield) to ensure that there is high quality special educational accommodation for children and young people with social emotional and mental health (SEMH) special needs in Herefordshire. Since this decision, the project was put on pause while the DfE identified a new sponsoring academy trust for Brookfield to join. A new trust has now been identified and following negotiations between the Council and the DfE, the DfE have agreed, in principle, to fund 70% of the project capital cost. Although the DfE are making a significant contribution, the impact of the pandemic, high inflation and increasing material means the cost of the project has increased above the original agreed budget. Therefore Council will need to agree an in-year adjustment to the capital programme to increase the overall budget for the project and allow the re-profiling of spend, taking account of the DfE offer.

 

Decision type: Budget and policy framework

Decision status: For Determination

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 29/04/2022

Decision due: 29 July 2022 by Council

Lead member: Cabinet member children and families

Lead director: Corporate Director - Children & Young People

Department: Children and Young People

Contact: Michael Griffin, Senior Project Manager Email: Michael.Griffin2@herefordshire.gov.uk, Karen Knight, Sufficiency Planning and Capital Investment Manager Email: kknight@herefordshire.gov.uk Tel: 01432 383042, Quentin Mee, Head of Educational Development Email: Quentin.Mee@herefordshire.gov.uk, Susan Woodrow, Schools capital investment advisor Email: Susan.Woodrow@herefordshire.gov.uk Tel: 01432 260327.

Documents

  • Brookfield Special School Capital Improvement Programme – re-profile of spend