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Schools: Finance

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local authorities agreed increases in centrally retained expenditure from their school budgets above the central expenditure limit in 2006-07. (127080)

The following list details the 90 local authorities whose budget for central expenditure for 2006-07 was greater than the allowed limit. This is taken from the local authority benchmarking tables which can be found on TeacherNet at:

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/localauthorities/section52/subPage.cfm?action=section52.default&ID=73

The tables were published on 31 August 2006 and copies of the data have been placed in the House Library.

Two technical changes to the school funding system for 2006-07 contributed to the total of 90 authorities who breached the central expenditure limit: local authorities were allowed to retain centrally funding which had in 2005-06 been distributed through teachers’ pay grant; and school specific contingency within the individual schools budget (ISB) was abolished, leading to an increase in the amount of contingency held within the central budget for some local authorities. We thought it appropriate that local schools forums should approve these arrangements where they led to a breach of the central expenditure limit.

Barnsley

Bath and North East Somerset

Bedfordshire

Birmingham

Bolton

Bournemouth

Bracknell Forest

Bradford

Brent

Bromley

Calderdale

City of Bristol

City of Kingston Upon Hull

Coventry

Croydon

Cumbria

Darlington

Derby

Derbyshire

Doncaster

Dorset

East Riding of Yorkshire

East Sussex

Enfield

Essex

Gloucestershire

Greenwich

Hackney

Halton

Hampshire

Haringey

Hartlepool

Havering

Hertfordshire

Hounslow

Islington

Kensington and Chelsea

Kent

Kirklees

Knowsley

Lancashire

Leeds

Leicester

Leicestershire

Lewisham

Liverpool

Luton

Manchester

Medway

Merton

Middlesbrough

Newcastle upon Tyne

Norfolk

North Lincolnshire

North Yorkshire

Northamptonshire

Northumberland

Nottingham

Peterborough

Portsmouth

Reading

Richmond upon Thames

Rochdale

Rotherham

Rutland

Salford

Sandwell

Sheffield

Slough

Somerset

South Tyneside

Southwark

St. Helens

Staffordshire

Stoke-on-Trent

Suffolk

Sunderland

Surrey

Telford and Wrekin

Tower Hamlets

Trafford

Warrington

West Berkshire

West Sussex

Westminster

Wigan

Windsor and Maidenhead

Wirral

Wolverhampton

York