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Schools: Finance

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the dedicated schools grant was for Eastbourne in each of the last 10 years; (125458)

(2) what the average funding per school pupil is in (a) Eastbourne, (b) East Sussex and (c) England in 2006-07.

The Department for Education and Skills allocates revenue funding to local authorities so the requested information is not available for Eastbourne.

The dedicated schools grant (DSG) was introduced in 2006-07, prior to this authorities’ revenue funded was from standard spending assessments (SSA) and education formula spending (EPS) which formed the education part of the local government finance settlement, plus various grants. The per pupil funding for East Sussex local authority and England from 1997-98 to 2005-06 was:

Funding per three-19 year old pupil in real terms (£)East SussexEngland1997-983,0303,0301998-993,1003,0901999-003,2203,2302000-013,4803,4802001-023,6403,6502002-033,7403,7602003-043,7903,8802004-053,9504,0202005-064,1304,230 Notes:1. Price Base: Real terms at 2005-06 prices, based on GDP deflators as at 27 September 2006.2. Figures reflect relevant sub-blocks of standard spending assessment/education formula spending (EFS) settlements and exclude the pensions transfer to EFS and LSC.3. Total funding also includes all revenue grants in DfES departmental expenditure limits relevant to pupils aged three-19 and exclude education maintenance allowances (EMAs) and grants not allocated at LEA level.4. The pupil numbers used to convert £ million figures to £ per pupil are those underlying the SSA/EFS settlement calculations plus PLASC three year old maintained pupils and estimated three-four year olds funded through state support in maintained and other educational institutions where these are not included in the SSA pupil numbers.5. Rounding: Figures are rounded to the nearest £10.6. Status: Some of the grant allocations have not been finalised. If these do change, the effect on the funding figures is expected to be minimal.

The introduction of the dedicated schools grant (DSG) in 2006-07 fundamentally changed how local authorities are funded. The 1997-98 to 2005-06 figures are based on an assessment of what local authorities needed to fund education; the 2006-07 DSG is based largely on an authority’s previous spending.

In addition, DSG has a different coverage to EFS. EFS comprised a schools block and an LEA block (to cover LEA central functions) whereas DSG only covers the school block. LEA block items are still funded through CLG’s local government finance settlement but education items cannot be separately identified. This means we have a break in our time series as the two sets of data are not comparable.

To provide a comparison for 2006-07 DSG, we have isolated the schools block equivalent funding in 2005-06; as described above this does not represent the totality of ‘education’ funding in that year. There are other grants that support the schools budget, these are not included in the provided DSG figures. The cash figures for all funded pupils aged three-15 in East Sussex and England are shown in the following table.

£

2005-06 Baseline

2006-07 DSG guaranteed unit of funding

2007-08 DSG guaranteed unit of funding

East Sussex

3,371

3,598

3,831

England

3,41 1

3,643

3,888