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Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was allocated per pupil to each local education authority in each of the last five years. (144268)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the average education funding was per pupil in West Lancashire in each year since 1997, broken down by age group; (144818)

(2) what the level of funding was per pupil in West Lancashire constituency in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

The West Lancashire constituency falls within the local authority of Lancashire and the information supplied applies to all of Lancashire. The revenue funding figures per pupil aged three to 10, 11 to 15 and three to 19 for Lancashire for years 1997-98 to 2005-06 are as follows:

£Primary (3 to 10-year-olds)Secondary (11 to 15-year-olds)Total (3 to 19-year olds)1997-982,3403,2502,8601998-992,4603,3202,9301999-20002,6303,4403,0702000-012,8703,7103,3202001-023,0303,8803,4702002-033,0903,9803,5602003-043,2503,9903,6402004-053,3604,1803,7902005-063,5704,3904,000Notes: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 to 19 and exclude education maintenance allowances (EMAs) and grants not allocated at LEA level. The pupil numbers used to convert £ million figures to £ per pupil are those underlying the SSA/EFS settlement calculations plus PLASC.4. Three-year-old maintained pupils and estimated three to 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.7. 1997-98 figures for authorities subject to local government reorganisation in that year have been estimated, pro-rata to their post LGR figures.

The revenue per pupil figures shown in the following table 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 a comparison for 2006-07 DSG, the Department 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. As the DSG is just a mechanism for distributing funding there is not a primary/secondary split available.

The figures are for all funded pupils aged three to 15 years.

£

DSG 2005-06 (Baseline)

3,317

DSG 2006-07

3,536

DSG 2007-08

3,765

Notes:

1. The revenue funding per pupil figures only run to 2005-06 because we 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 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 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 we have a break in our 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, 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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average education funding was per pupil, broken down by age group, in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West, (c) England and (d) the UK in each year since 1979. (140559)

The revenue funding figures per pupil aged three to 10 and 11 to 15 for Cornwall, the South West and England for years 1997-98 to 2005-06 are provided in the tables below. Comparable figures are not available for 1979-80 to 1996-97. Figures are not available at UK level.

Primary (3 to 10-year-olds)

Cornwall

South West

England

1997-98

2,310

2,390

2,480

1998-99

2,510

2,470

2,580

1999-2000

2,680

2,620

2,750

2000-01

2,900

2,830

2,990

2001-02

3,070

2,970

3,160

2002-03

3,130

3,030

3,250

2003-04

3,300

3,200

3,450

2004-05

3,370

3,280

3,550

2005-06

3,570

3,480

3,770

Secondary (11 to 15-year-olds)

Cornwall

South West

England

1997-98

3,310

3,200

3,390

1998-99

3,380

3,280

3,470

1999-2000

3,490

3,390

3,610

2000-01

3,740

3,650

3,900

2001-02

3,900

3,800

4,110

2002-03

4,000

3,880

4,210

2003-04

3,950

3,950

4,280

2004-05

4,120

4,110

4,450

2005-06

4,300

4,290

4,640

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.

3. Total funding also includes all revenue grants in DFES departmental expenditure limits relevant to pupils aged 3-10 and 11-15 and exclude education maintenance allowances (EMAs) and grants not allocated at LA 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 to 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 figures shown in the following table are taken from the new Dedicated Schools Grant and are in cash terms. They are not comparable with those for the earlier years. The DSG is a mechanism for distributing funding and does not include a primary/secondary split. The figures are for all funded pupils aged three to 15. The Department will be announcing DSG figures for 2007-08 shortly.

2005-06 baseline

2006-07

Cornwall

3,150

3,362

South West

3,196

3,411

England

3,411

3,643

Notes:

1. The revenue funding per pupil figures only run to 2005-06 because it is not possible to 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 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 2006-07 funding for schools changed with the introduction of the DSG which is based largely on an authority's previous spending.

2. 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. This means we have a break in our 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, 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.