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Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 17 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1298-1300W, how many grants his Department has administered in Sefton in each year since 1995. (262948)

The tables showing the grants allocated by the Department for Children, Schools and Families to Sefton for each year since 1995-96, broken down between revenue and capital funding, will be placed in the House Libraries.

The revenue grant totals for 2006-07 onwards are not comparable with figures in 2005-06 and before, because the introduction of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) in 2006-07 fundamentally changed how local authorities are funded for Education Services.

Before 2006-07 local authorities were funded through Education Formula Spending (EFS). This formed part of the annual Local Government Finance Settlement. EFS comprised school functions and local education authority (LEA) central functions, whereas DSG only covers the school functions. The DSG is based on each local authority's spend on schools in 2005-06, uprated each year for cost pressures and adjusted for changes in pupil numbers. LEA central functions are still funded through the Local Government Finance Settlement but cannot be separately identified. Consequently, there is a break in the Department's time series as the two sets of data are not comparable. For information, the EFS figures for Sefton for 1997-98 to 2005-06 were:

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1. Equivalent data are not available prior to 1997-98.

2. Before 2003-04, called Education Standard Spending (ESS).

3. Figures reflect relevant sub-blocks of ESS/EFS settlements and exclude the pensions transfer to EFS and LSC.

4. Where responsibility for funding a school has transferred from an authority, related funding no longer appears in the series.

The Reducing Class Size revenue grants and the Nursery Education Grant were transferred to Education Formula Spending in 2003-04.

The Teachers Threshold and Performance Pay Grant was transferred to Dedicated Schools Grant in 2006-07.

Children's Services grant transferred to the Formula Grant paid by the Department for Communities and Local Government in 2008-09.

Capital figures include supported borrowing allocations. Allocations for targeted capital projects are shown in the year the project started.

The tables do not include children social care services grants before 2004-05 as responsibility for children social care services was transferred to this Department, from the Department of Health, in 2004-05.

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) were established under Machinery of Government changes on 28 June 2007. The response only covers those areas of responsibility for children and schools held by their predecessor the Department for Education and Skills and the DCSF.