To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills of the 36 LEAs which received increased budget announced on 25 March, which were in receipt of (a) the floor in their grant settlement, (b) the ceiling in their grant settlement and (c) the maximum amount possible of standards fund awards now consolidated into their budget; what was (i) the highest, (ii) the lowest and (iii) the average amount each LEA received in respect of standards fund moneys; in relation to an amount equivalent to consolidated standards fund money for each of the 36 LEAs, by how much does additional grant (A) fall below and (B) exceed that amount; and if he will make a statement. 
[holding answer 4 April 2003]: It is not possible to answer the Question in precisely the way it has been asked. The table sets out the information requested in relation to (a) and (b). It also sets out (c) the reduction in Standards Fund grant between 2002–03 and 2003–04 as a result of the Government's commitment to reduce ringfenced funding for schools (d) the difference on a like-for-like basis between the total resources available for schools in 2002–03 and 2003–04 and (e) the level of additional grant announced on 25 March. The purpose of the additional funding is not to compensate authorities for the loss of individual Standards Fund grants but to to ensure that the effective increase in total education funding for LEAs and schools between 2002–03 and 2003–04 is no less than 3.2 per cent. per pupil for all authorities.
|Grant settlement||SF grant reduction||Total increase||Extra grant|
|Barking and Dagenham||1.655||5.075||1.128|
|Brighton and Hove||Floor||1.368||2.822||0.960|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||Floor||1.723||1.589||0.886|
|Isle of Wight Council||0.882||2.531||0.110|
|Kensington and Chelsea||Floor||1.006||2.364||0.288|
|North East Lincolnshire||1.153||2.738||0.033|
|Richmond upon Thames||Floor||0.996||3.659||0.152|
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to assist schools where the local education authority has passported to schools the amount expected by his Department, but the net effect of changes in the standards fund has resulted in increases to the school of less than 3.2 per cent. per pupil. 
[holding answer 4 April 2003]: I would refer my hon. Friend to my written statement of 26 March 2003, Official Report, column 14WS.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what change there has been in schools funding in Essex since 1997. 
Funding per pupil in Essex, including both standard spending assessments and revenue grants has increased in real terms from an average £2,790 in 1997–98 to £3,380 in 2002–03, an increase of £590 or 21 per cent. Complete figures for 2003–04 including grants are not yet available.