Supacord – Saving money from the ground up
Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrats leader recently revealed that a thousand local authority schools and more than a hundred academies were in debt. Farron stated that funding gaps had become a national scandal and should be a worry to parents. Furthermore, 5% of council schools and 4% of academy trusts have budget deficits.
Kevin Courtney, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, estimates that 92% of schools in England could face real terms budget cuts over the next four years . With 80% of expenditure made up of staffing costs, it is a real possibility that many schools will cut personnel numbers in order to clear their budget deficits.
Research by RIBA estimates that around £150 million is spent per annum on unnecessary services and maintenance due to poor school design which could be avoided. It also highlights that good design can have a positive impact on pupils and increase staff productivity by 15%. It is therefore vital that schools are well built, insulated and designed with durable materials, in order to reduce costs on maintenance, heating bills and refurbishment, exacerbating the current crisis. The cycle of unnecessary spending can be averted if design and build is done to a high, sustainable standard and if durable products are installed.
When it comes to new build or refurbishment, flooring can help save essential maintenance costs if specified wisely. For example, fibre bonded carpets do not ravel or fray, they will last at least ten years and can be made to many different specifications, to meet branding requirements or for play with games like snakes and ladders or hop-scotch proving popular. Shapes and logos can be created in any fibre bonded products for a mat or inlaid into a floor. Products such as Heckmondwike’s Supacord require minimal maintenance and also have extremely useful anti-slip and antistatic properties.
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