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Schools: Finance

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 30 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much of the dedicated schools grant was reimbursed to local authorities in each of the last three years; how much was reimbursed to local authorities in the case of each local authority in each year; how much was reimbursed for spending (a) within the schools budget and (b) on other local authority functions in each year; and what percentage of the schools grant this represents in each case. (271779)

The Dedicated Schools Grant is the core funding for schools, allocated on an annual basis to local authorities using a guaranteed unit of funding per pupil. For 2009-10, the current indicative allocations for DSG amount to £29.8 billion, an average of £4,218 per pupil. The DSG must be used on the Schools Budget, which covers both funding delegated to maintained schools and other provision for pupils such as provision in pupil referral units; for high cost pupils; and early years provision in private, voluntary and independent sector providers.