The Department for Education (DfE) has published new guidance on all capital projects. This includes an update on VA capital and will be useful reading for schools and buildings officers. Click here to access this information.
Building Maintenance Scheme
Since 1952 the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) has co-operated with all Church of England Voluntary Aided schools within the Diocese of London in the operation of the Buildings Maintenance Scheme.
The purpose of the scheme is to create a fund from which governing bodies of VA schools can pay their 10% contribution for maintenance and repair expenditure when it falls due.
All schools participating in the Scheme make contributions based on pupil numbers as at January each year.
The Scheme operates as a collective self-insurance scheme under which the burden of management, administration and financing of all repairs, maintenance and minor improvements is removed from individual schools and is handled by LDBS staff with building consultants, attached to each school.
The London Diocesan Board for Schools has taken out a policy to cover building works at individual schools up to £250,000 with an overall limit of £5m in any one year. For larger contracts risks are priced individually and premiums charged out as a project cost.
For more information about LDBS buildings service please contact:
Steve White, Principal Buildings and Development Officer T: 020 7932 1164 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Pite, Buildings Finance Officer T: 020 7932 1166 E: email@example.com