Skip to main content

Schools: Finance

Volume 496: debated on Monday 5 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the allocation for (a) Redbridge and (b) Waltham Forest for (i) dedicated school grant and (ii) guaranteed funding per pupil is for (A) 2009, (B) 2010 and (C) 2011; what the change in per pupil funding was in (1) cash and (2) percentage terms between 1997 and 2009; and what (x) total and (y) per pupil funding allocation for (X) Redbridge and (Y) Waltham Forest for 2009-10 is for (aa) school development grant, (bb) school standards grant, (cc) school standards grant (personalisation), (dd) ethnic minority achievement grant, (ee) extended schools, (ff) primary strategy, (gg) school lunch grant, (hh) music services, (ii) harnessing technology (ICT) and (jj) devolved formula capital. (291366)

[holding answer 16 September 2009]: The Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) for 2008-09 to 2010-11 (indicative) for Redbridge and Waltham Forest local authorities is shown in table 1. This covers pupils aged three-15.

Table 1

£ million

DSG allocation

2008-09 (final)

2009-10 (final)

2010-11 (indicative)

Redbridge

173.785

184.212

195.516

Waltham Forest

160.125

167.109

180.326

The guaranteed unit of funding for 2008-09 to 2010-11 for Redbridge and Waltham Forest local authority is shown in table 2.

Table 2

£

Guaranteed unit of funding

2008-09 (final)

2009-10 (final)

2010-11 (final)

Redbridge

4,214

4,380

4,575

Waltham Forest

4,584

4,747

4,940

Per pupil revenue funding figures for pupils aged three-19 for Redbridge and Waltham Forest local authorities for years 1997-98 and 2005-06 are shown in table 3. These figures are in cash terms.

Table 3

Local authority revenue funding per pupil (£)

1997-98

2005-06

Percentage change

Redbridge

2,810

4,420

57

Waltham Forest

3,080

5,060

64

Notes:

1. Price Base: Cash

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 3-19 and exclude Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) and grants not allocated at LEA 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 revenue per pupil figures shown in table 4 are taken from the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG). They are not comparable with those for the years 1997-98 to 2005-06 (in table 3 above) 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 (EFS) 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.

To provide a comparison for 2008-09 DSG, the Department have isolated the schools block equivalent funding in 2005-06 (the baseline); as described above this does not represent the totality of ‘education’ funding in that year.

The per pupil revenue funding figures for 2005-06 and 2008-09 for Redbridge and Waltham Forest local authorities are provided in table 4. The figures are for all funded pupils aged three-19 and are in cash terms.

Table 4

Local authority revenue funding per pupil (£)

2005-06

2008-09

Percentage change

Redbridge

4,050

4,820

19

Waltham Forest

4,580

5,330

16

Notes:

1. This covers funding through the Dedicated Schools Grant, School Standards Grant, School Standards Grant (Personalisation) and Standards Fund as well as funding from the Learning and Skills Council; it excludes grants which are not allocated at LA level.

2. Price Base: Cash

3. These figures are for all funded pupils aged three-19

4. Figures have been rounded to the nearest £10

5. 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 for Standards Funds are recorded according to allocation per authority not per pupil, the following table shows the total allocations that Redbridge and Waltham Forest have been awarded in 2009-10 for grants that the honourable member for Leyton and Wanstead requested.

£

Grant name

2009-10 allocation Redbridge

2009-10 allocation Waltham Forest

School Development Grant

9,176,344

12,427,886

School Standards Grant

7,007,793

5,505,573

School Standards Grant (personalisation)

2,212,183

2,498,922

Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant

3,431,578

3,539,416

Extended Schools—Sustainability

724,493

674,446

Extended Schools—Subsidy

179,626

175,360

Extended Schools—Capital

499,804

480,031

Primary Strategy: Targeted Support

810,251

1,171,770

School Lunch Grant

473,777

394,829

Music

342,011

386,625

Harnessing Technology

873,212

766,178

Devolved Formula Capital

5,551,120

4,636,216