23 July 2003
Residents in Barking and Dagenham are to benefit from a share of around £10 million of Private Finance Initiative funding which the Government has announced today to support initiatives improving access to services for local communities.
A new "Joint Service Centre" will be located in the London Borough alongside new "extended" secondary schools also funded through PFI.
A statement today by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office said that under the scheme, residents would be able to access library and sports facilities, as well as attend adult education classes, outside school hours, A Learning Village, which aims to promote adult learning and training, is also planned to be attached to the library.
Local Government Minister Phil Hope said today: "I am very pleased that local authorities are continuing to use the Private Finance Initiative to improve local services.
"It makes good sense to allow facilities provided at local schools to be used by not just by the pupils but also by their families and other local people. I am sure that these centres will become a focal point for the whole community in the future."
Three other new centres which will be created in Essex were also announced.
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