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Schools: Standards

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on field forces in each year since 1997. (269879)

The Department has recently undertaken a review of its field forces working with local authorities (LAs) and children's trusts. The term field force has been used in a wide sense to cover all advisers funded or jointly funded by DCSF to work directly with LAs and children's trust partners. This includes NDPB staff where relevant, directly contracted groups of advisers, advisers who are co-located with the Government Office Children and Learner Teams and sections of DCSF Head Office directly supporting LAs e.g. Youth Task Force. In 2008-09, the costs of these advisers were around £90 million. Comparable information for every year since 1997 is not available.