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Herts Tories short-change schools to support bigger profits for housing developers

June 24, 2018 10:55 PM
By Cllr Paul Zukowskyj
Originally published by Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats

school picLib Dems were disappointed, but not surprised, when Hertfordshire Tories voted to enhance property developer profits by reducing the amount they have to pay to provide school places.

Every time new homes are built the developer has to pay a sum to local schools to help them cope with new pupils etc.

The change in policy, from the upper end of the range allowed in the regulations to the bottom end, was proposed by officers because it was 'too difficult to argue' after neighbouring authorities and the Government's own agency, the ESFA, allowed developers to contribute the lowest possible amount or are building schools to the lower specification.

Paul Zukowskyj, Shadow Cabinet Resources Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats commented: "I want the very best for our children. Officers should ask for the standard that the County set just two years ago, because if they ask for less they most certainly won't get more.

"It would probably surprise no-one that some of the developers, and the major shareholders behind them, who stand to potentially benefit from this change are also major donors to the Conservative cause."