Northamptonshire County Council says it’ll have to build a new primary school every six weeks if it’s to keep up with demand.
The statistic is contained in figures the local authority has compiled in its efforts to set a workable budget.
They show a huge and unprecedented surge in the county’s population and associated demand on public services while funding levels are nowhere near where they need to be to cope with such demand.
The latest set of demographic figures show the following:
- Since the start of the current school year there have been almost 900 children arriving in the county needing a school place.
- Population to grow by up to 60,000 people in the next five years.
- Population to grow by more than 120,000 by 2037. The highest growth rate being those aged 70 and over.
- An additional £15m of pressures on children s services in the next five years.
- We are safeguarding 24% more of our most vulnerable children in our care compared to 2012.
- 32% increase in number of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children looked after by the council since April 2015.
- 50% increase in number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children looked after by the council since December 2013.
- Between 2008 and 2017 the council will have added 1,991 reception places and 13,999 primary places to cope with demand.
- 70% increase in the number of Safeguarding Alerts Adult Social Care must respond to in the last two years.