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Schools: East of England

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department plans to spend per school pupil in each local education authority in the East of England in 2007-08; and how much was spent in each academic year since 1997-98. (159215)

The revenue funding figures per pupil aged 3-19 for each local authority in the East England for years 1997-98 to 2005-06 are as follows. These figures are in real terms:

Local authority

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Bedfordshire

2,950

2,990

3,110

3,380

3,560

3,670

3,720

3,860

4,060

Cambridgeshire

2,790

2,860

3,010

3,210

3,330

3,410

3,580

3,730

3,920

Essex

3,040

3,080

3,190

3,420

3,580

3,680

3,770

3,920

4,080

Hertfordshire

3,050

3,080

3,180

3,410

3,560

3,670

3,730

3,880

4,030

Luton

3,240

3,270

3,440

3,670

3,850

3,980

4,150

4,280

4,510

Norfolk

2,950

2,980

3,110

3,340

3,500

3,600

3,680

3,830

4,020

Peterborough

3,030

3,100

3,260

3,480

3,610

3,760

3,950

4,150

4,340

Southend-on-Sea

3,140

3,160

3,280

3,520

3,700

3,810

3,870

4,030

4,200

Suffolk

2,890

2,900

3,010

3,230

3,370

3,470

3,540

3,690

3,860

Thurrock

3,190

3,240

3,350

3,580

3,770

3,880

3,990

4,170

4,280

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 DFS departmental expenditure limits relevant to pupils aged 3-19 and exclude education maintenance allowances (EMAs) and grants not allocated at LEA level. For those authorities in receipt of advance of grant under the transitional support arrangements for 2004-05, advance grant funding is included in the year of payment (2004-05). There will be a consequential reduction in DFS grant for these LEAs in future years (either 2006-07 and 2007-08 or 2006-07 to 2008-09, depending on the terms on which the advance was given to the LEA).

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 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. 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 is taken from the new dedicated schools grant (DSG) and is 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 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. The DSG is based largely on an authority's previous spending. 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. Further the revenue grants figure is provisional and does not include grants allocated by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC).

The figures are for all funded pupils aged 3 to 15 and are in cash terms:

£

Local authority

2005-06 DSG Baseline plus grants

2006-07 DSG plus grants

2007-08 DSG plus grants

Bedfordshire

3,986

4,223

4,133

Cambridgeshire

3,735

3,977

4,059

Essex

3,946

4,179

4,222

Hertfordshire

4,075

4,297

4,163

Luton

4,197

4,514

8,711

Norfolk

3,918

4,141

4,192

Peterborough

4,279

4,558

4,513

Southend-on-Sea

4,222

4,453

4,405

Suffolk

3,844

4,084

4,070

Thurrock

4,014

4,255

4,547

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 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 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.