Playbuilder scheme survives but left facing reduced level of future investment

Children's playgrounds survived the swings and roundabouts of the spending review after the Government said it would cut, but not stop, funding.

Playbuilder, launched by Labour to fund new play areas for kids, had been on hold while the coalition Government considered the future of the £75m scheme.

The Department for Education said it was lopping almost £21m from the budget, leaving just over £54m to be divvied up among schools. "The revised play capital allocations will provide a saving for the department, reducing the original play capital budget," said a representative.

"Revised applications have reduced the amount of money for each local authority, but they are still receiving two-thirds of their allocations."

Education secretary Michael Gove explained: "The aim is to achieve a fair distribution, so revised allocations cover expenditure already incurred and contractual commitments."

Oxford will receive the most (£862,000) and Rutland and the City London the least (£62,500).West Berkshire will gain just over £500,000 for projects across several sites. Councillor for children and families Gordon Lundie said: "This will allow improvements to 12 play areas as planned. The project teams have been notified."

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