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Education Funding

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the overall percentage change in per pupil funding for 2003–04 for the 10 lowest funded education authorities in England. [117382]

The following table shows the 2003–04 Education Formula Spending Share per pupil and the increase over the adjusted 2002–03 Standard Spending Assessment for the 10 authorities who receive the lowest average EFSS per pupil.

Education Formula Spending Share per 3–15 pupilPercentage increase over adjusted 2002–2003 SSA per 3–15 pupil
Leicestershire2,9393.2
South2,9535.6
Gloucestershire
York2,9584.7
Worcestershire2,9794.1
Warrington2,9806.2
Staffordshire2,9865.1
Solihull2,9876.9
Poole2,9904.2
Stockport3,0026.1
Dudley3,0207.0
The 2002–03 SSA figures have been adjusted to include the 2002–03 nursery education and infant class size allocations as these grants have been transferred into Education Formula Spending, and an estimate of the £586 million 2003–04 pension transfer, deflated by 2.5 per cent. for 2002–03. This was the baseline used to calculate the Education Formula Spending floors and ceilings.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received concerning the failure of schools in East Sussex to meet standstill budget pressures for (a) the current academic year, (b) 2003–04 and (c) 2004–05. [117636]

The Department for Education and Skills has received large amounts of correspondence concerning education budgets for the current financial year from both schools and East Sussex local education authority, as it does each year. It is not possible to collate this information without disproportionate cost.