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Schools: Finance

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local authorities have a control mechanism for surplus school balances; and how much was recycled using these mechanisms in the last year for which figures were available. (127079)

In October 2006, the Secretary of State directed a revision of all local authority financial schemes, requiring the introduction of a claw back mechanism to be in place by 1 April 2007, in time for the new 2007-08 financial year.

Some authorities have already introduced a claw back mechanism in their local schemes prior to 2007-08. The precise operation of a claw back mechanism is a matter for local authorities to devise, in consultation with their schools and the local schools forum following the Department’s statutory scheme guidance. The Department does not collect information on the level of funding recycled through claw back.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local authorities have reported a contribution from their centrally retained schools budget to a combined services budget. (127081)

The following table provides the information recorded by those authorities who have reported a contribution from their centrally retained schools budget to a combined services budget for 2006-07:

Budgeted net expenditure on contributions to combined budgets: 2006-07

Local authority name

Contribution to combined budgets (£)

England

8,349,351

Barnet

365,500

Bolton

125,000

Cumbria

380,000

Derbyshire

500,000

East Sussex

300,002

Enfield

480,000

Greenwich

29,000

Hampshire

500,000

Haringey

950,000

Islington

263,515

Kingston upon Thames

75,000

Luton

206,369

North Yorkshire

594,248

Poole

46,000

Richmond upon Thames

50,000

Salford

276,636

Shropshire

265,867