||<p>Published budgets represent our best estimate of how money will be spent this year.
In-year changes to the delivery of construction programmes, including the free schools
programme, do not impact on the overall budget for those programmes. Any change to
those estimates is managed within the Department’s overall capital budget.</p><p>
</p><p>The Department is investing £23 billion in the school estate in the current
Spending Review period (2016-17 to 2020-21), including the free schools programme.
There are 443 free schools open across the country. The Department is working with
proposers to establish up to a further 263 free schools, and in the 2017 Budget, announced
funding towards the cost of approving an additional 110 new schools.</p><p> </p><p>Details
on 2018-19 capital budgets can be found in the Department’s ‘Supplementary Estimate’,
available at: <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/Education/Estimates-Memoranda/doe-Supplementary-Estimate-17-19.pdf"