Aberdeen council bosses fail to spend 60% of cash for school improvements

Marischal College
Marischal College

Aberdeen council chiefs have spent less than half of a multi-million-pound pot to improve city schools.

A council report shows that the local authority used around £1.1 million of £2.7m from the Scottish Government’s pupil equity fund last year.

The fund was created to raise attainment in classrooms and is calculated using free school meal registration.

It is understood the council can carry forward the £1.6m underspend until August, on top of another £2.7m allocation.

Opposition SNP city growth spokesman Alex Nicoll said it was “deeply concerning” almost 60% of the money had not been spent.

He added: “The administration are consistently vocal about being short-changed by the Scottish Government but when Aberdeen is handed money on a plate, all we see is disinterest and inaction.”

Conservative education convener John Wheeler said:

“I understand that we will be carrying forward the money until August and colleagues are confident of spending the vast majority by then.”

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said it “expects schools and local authorities to plan carefully for the use of their PEF allocations”.