Delayed announcement is welcome news and will provide funding of over £434m for 1,476 projects at 1,243 academies, sixth form colleges and non-diocesan voluntary aided schools.
The Department for Education (DfE) has published the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2020 to 2021 outcome.
It states this will provide funding of over £434m for 1,476 projects at 1,243 academies, sixth form colleges and non-diocesan voluntary aided schools.
The statement on the gov.uk website explains that all applicants have been contacted to inform them of the outcome of their application and further information setting out the next steps for applicants has been provided.
It has also been announced that the appeals round for CIF 2020 and 2021 will take place in September 2020, but states that “appeals will be for those applicants that can demonstrate that a material error has been made in the assessment of their application.”
The publication of the CIF Fund was supposed to be announced in April but was delayed due to the impact of Covid-19. The announcement comes on the back of a recent letter sent to Secretary of State, Rt Hon Gavin Williamson, signed by ten trade associations representing different parts of the roofing sector, urging him to announce the outcome of applications for the 2021 CIF. As reported at the time, James Talman, NFRC CEO, explained: “We are not asking for extra funding or even fast-tracking of funding, but simply for the announcement to be made, so our industry can get to work.”
This announcement will be welcome news for successful applicants in roofing and the wider construction sector.