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Pupils: Eastern Region

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total recurrent funding per pupil was in real terms in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f) Norfolk in each year from 1998-99 to 2007-08. (143926)

The revenue funding figures per pupil aged 3 to 19 for Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk for years 1998-99 to 2005-06 are provided in the following table:

Local authority

1998- 99

1999- 00

2000- 01

2001- 02

2002- 03

2003- 04

2004- 05

2005- 06

Bedfordshire

2,990

3,110

3,380

3,560

3,670

3,720

3,860

4,060

Cambridgeshire

2,860

3,010

3,210

3,330

3,410

3,580

3,730

3,920

Essex

3,080

3,190

3,420

3,580

3,680

3,770

3,920

4,080

Hertfordshire

3,080

3,180

3,410

3,560

3,670

3,730

3,880

4,030

Norfolk

2,980

3,110

3,340

3,500

3,600

3,680

3,830

4,020

Suffolk

2,900

3,010

3,230

3,370

3,470

3,540

3,690

3,860

Notes: 1. Price Base: Real terms at 2005-06 prices, based on GDP deflators as at 27.09.06 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 3 to 19 and exclude Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) and grants not allocated at LEA level. 4. The pupil numbers used to convert m figures to per pupil are those underlying the SSA/EFS settlement calculations plus PLASC 3 year old maintained pupils and estimated 3 to 4 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 revenue per pupil figures shown in the table below are taken from the new dedicated schools grant (DSG) and are in cash terms. They are not comparable with those for the years 1997-98 to 2005-06 because the introduction of the DSG in 2006-07 fundamentally changed how local authorities are funded. The DSG is based largely on an authority's previous spending.

The 1997-98 to 2005-06 figures are based on education formula spending (EPS) which formed the education part of the local government finance settlement, plus various grants. This was an assessment of what local authorities needed to fund education rather than what they spent. In addition, the 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 DCLG’s local government finance settlement but education items cannot be separately identified. Consequently, there is a break in the Department's time series as the two sets of data are not comparable. An alternative time series is currently under development.

To provide figures for 2006-07 DSG, the Department has isolated the schools block equivalent funding in 2005-06. There are other grants that support the schools budget, these are not included in the DSG figures provided. The figures are for all funded pupils aged 3-15.

Local authority

2005-06 Baseline

2006-07

2007-08

Bedfordshire

3,188

3,407

3,633

Cambridgeshire

3,193

3,407

3,623

Essex

3,300

3,524

3,752

Hertfordshire

3,294

3,507

3,730

Norfolk

3,208

3,423

3,648

Suffolk

3,160

3,372

3,591

Notes:

1. The revenue funding per pupil figures only run to 2005-06 because the Department cannot provide a consistent time series beyond that year as the introduction of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) in 2006-07 fundamentally changed how Local Authorities are funded. The 1998-99 to 2005-06 figures are based on Education Formula Spending (EPS) which formed the education part of the Local Government Finance Settlement, plus various grants. This was an assessment of what local authorities needed to fund education rather than what they spent. In 2006-07 funding for schools changed with the introduction of the DSG which is based largely on an authority's previous spending.

2. 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 DCLG's Local Government Finance Settlement but education items cannot be separately identified. This means that there is a break in the Department's time series as the two sets of data are not comparable, an alternative time series is currently under development.

3. To provide a comparison for 2006-07 DSG, the Department has 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.