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Vocational Guidance: Finance

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding has been provided to each local authority to provide careers services in accordance with sections 68 and 69 of the Education and Skills Act 2008. (295587)

The Education and Skills Act 2008 transfers to local authorities the statutory responsibility for the delivery of Connexions services, including assessments for young people with learning difficulties. Sections 68 and 69 of the Act require local authorities to provide services, as directed by the Secretary of State, to encourage, enable or assist the effective participation of young people in education or training.

Responsibility and funding for Connexions services, including information, advice and guidance and careers services, transferred to local authorities on 1 April 2008. The funding is paid via the area based grant arrangements and is not ring fenced. We do not collect information on what precisely the Connexions funding is spent on.

Connexions grant funding is allocated using a national funding formula which is based on the 13-19 population, educational attainment, NEET figures and deprivation indicators. The funding formula is intended to share out the national Connexions budget between the 152 local authorities in a way that is fair, objective and transparent, so that they can deliver a high quality service to all young people. It is intended that the formula should broadly reflect the needs of an area and that it is then for local authorities to decide how best to use their funding to deliver Connexions services locally.

We only have information on the funding provided for the provision of Connexions services as a whole which includes the provision of careers services. Some local authorities, reflecting the needs of their area, may commission additional services from a number of other agencies. The amount of funding allocated to each local authority for the provision of Connexions services since 2008 is as follows:

Connexions grant allocations 2008 to 2011

Local authority

2008-09

200-10

2010-11

Barking and Dagenham

2,135,835

2,240,946

2,307,413

Barnet

2,859,769

2,714,745

2,620,723

Barnsley

2,205,107

2,313,628

2,543,299

Bath and North East Somerset

1,403,928

1,370,345

1,363,043

Bedfordshire1

3,505,688

Bedford Borough

1,465,059

1,462,201

Central Bedfordshire

1,965,163

1,976,288

Bexley

2,258,109

2,224,658

2,241,851

Birmingham

11,598,496

11,054,022

11,041,218

Blackburn with Darwen

1,897,017

1,944,424

1,942,646

Blackpool

1,847,217

1,837,938

1,827,692

Bolton

2,951,714

3,096,977

3,126,891

Bournemouth

1,322,610

1,387,700

1,417,809

Bracknell Forest

1,248,546

1,185,230

1,065,998

Bradford

4,999,312

5,231,922

5,261,420

Brent

2,601,070

2,483,963

2,469,858

Brighton and Hove

2,180,983

2,189,813

2,167,918

Bristol

3,576,383

3,484,002

3,447,371

Bromley

2,499,349

2,403,908

2,408,810

Buckinghamshire

3,784,634

3,592,708

3,455,960

Bury

1,656,126

1,737,629

1,887,805

Calderdale

2,073,434

2,046,741

2,057,580

Cambridgeshire

4,536,860

4,306,787

4,066,514

Camden

1,925,970

2,020,753

2,079,846

Cheshire1

5,350,028

Cheshire East

2,490,744

2,504,255

Cheshire West and Chester

2,738,198

2,739,897

City of London

217,476

228,178

250,829

Cornwall

3,965,389

4,123,537

4,120,511

Coventry

3,342,950

3,173,422

3,158,928

Croydon

3,205,064

3,209,614

3,211,589

Cumbria

4,442,949

4,217,638

4,093,511

Darlington

995,950

1,044,964

1,148,696

Derby (City)

2,364,299

2,453,271

2,458,612

Derbyshire

6,058,264

5,906,203

5,955,901

Devon

5,387,090

5,220,313

5,227,787

Doncaster

3,134,965

3,289,247

3,347,957

Dorset

2,822,958

2,961,884

3,020,302

Dudley

3,031,490

3,029,173

3,023,431

Durham

4,956,762

4,999,034

5,003,606

Ealing

2,514,411

2,573,209

2,588,967

East Riding of Yorks

2,395,442

2,513,329

2,539,149

East Sussex

3,996,083

4,127,521

4,133,868

Enfield

3,048,524

2,942,302

2,946,685

Essex

10,837,768

10,731,707

10,788,610

Gateshead

1,910,170

2,004,175

2,118,030

Gloucestershire

4,846,892

4,601,097

4,288,908

Greenwich

2,868,202

3,009,355

3,168,221

Hackney

2,609,071

2,737,472

2,888,913

Halton

1,603,374

1,682,281

1,718,540

Hammersmith and Fulham

1,475,346

1,547,953

1,592,527

Hampshire

9,515,254

9,399,152

9,393,133

Haringey

2,476,065

2,593,898

2,588,100

Harrow

1,879,255

1,874,784

1,846,840

Hartlepool

1,113,733

1,168,543

1,284,543

Havering

2,255,523

2,141,141

2,087,035

Herefordshire

1,548,216

1,469,703

1,394,246

Hertfordshire

8,576,130

8,141,218

8,184,407

Hillingdon

2,863,097

2,717,904

2,588,297

Hounslow

2,295,067

2,289,625

2,275,528

Hull

3,220,085

3,376,466

3,363,553

Isle of Wight

1,304,907

1,332,546

1,332,634

Isles of Scilly

25,000

25,000

25,000

Islington

2,092,847

2,195,843

2,413,822

Kensington and Chelsea

1,793,254

1,702,315

1,531,065

Kent

11,537,262

11,796,670

11,836,047

Kingston Upon Thames

1,187,361

1,146,488

1,127,058

Kirklees

3,752,250

3,936,910

3,960,221

Knowsley

1,996,839

2,095,110

2,303,089

Lambeth

2,439,164

2,527,658

2,540,147

Lancashire

9,332,495

9,692,878

9,695,711

Leeds

6,985,015

6,630,791

6,529,176

Leicester (City)

4,361,000

4,139,845

3,723,384

Leicestershire

4,231,167

4,439,395

4,471,790

Lewisham

2,859,414

2,786,385

2,787,305

Lincolnshire

5,542,404

5,261,338

5,264,350

Liverpool

5,619,996

5,366,083

5,333,680

Luton

2,034,424

2,134,545

2,153,194

Manchester

5,480,855

5,202,910

5,121,423

Medway

2,333,652

2,448,498

2,550,283

Merton

1,628,829

1,546,228

1,473,135

Middlesbrough

1,883,863

1,976,574

2,133,493

Milton Keynes

2,326,563

2,240,110

2,246,998

Newcastle upon Tyne

3,041,855

3,000,199

2,973,710

Newham

3,395,303

3,471,609

3,472,979

Norfolk

6,969,810

6,616,357

6,389,342

North East Lincolnshire

1,845,876

1,936,718

2,070,292

North Lincolnshire

1,558,786

1,635,499

1,721,465

North Somerset

1,466,477

1,538,647

1,558,615

North Tyneside

1,881,708

1,974,312

1,986,382

North Yorkshire

4,474,612

4,247,696

4,216,686

Northamptonshire

6,173,383

5,860,319

5,648,861

Northumberland

3,190,975

3,029,154

2,813,002

Nottingham (City)

3,319,723

3,162,497

3,128,087

Nottinghamshire

6,639,216

6,302,528

6,257,359

Oldham

2,486,158

2,608,510

2,685,121

Oxfordshire

4,913,800

4,669,339

4,657,858

Peterborough

1,788,971

1,877,012

1,962,997

Plymouth

2,353,042

2,468,127

2,449,832

Poole

1,183,921

1,189,791

1,173,789

Portsmouth

1,845,179

1,928,417

1,920,840

Reading

1,216,312

1,276,171

1,321,260

Redbridge

2,181,020

2,167,227

2,172,357

Redcar and Cleveland

1,712,832

1,797,126

1,825,497

Richmond Upon Thames

1,323,865

1,256,730

1,163,227

Rochdale

2,264,862

2,376,323

2,506,746

Rotherham

2,749,965

2,885,300

3,101,497

Rutland

269,331

282,585

310,637

Salford

2,504,047

2,581,857

2,576,179

Sandwell

3,396,071

3,558,512

3,577,380

Sefton

2,883,000

2,804,102

2,797,167

Sheffield

4,801,931

4,955,465

4,957,247

Shropshire

2,328,714

2,216,296

2,202,159

Slough

1,206,360

1,265,729

1,285,588

Solihull

2,127,535

2,089,791

2,093,279

Somerset

4,302,492

4,084,304

3,960,444

South Gloucestershire

2,127,551

2,019,659

2,011,391

South Tyneside

1,820,008

1,873,976

1,875,510

Southampton

2,010,141

2,109,067

2,185,394

Southend on Sea

1,500,644

1,574,496

1,636,062

Southwark

3,179,484

3,161,844

3,178,853

St Helens

2,079,205

2,090,147

2,089,913

Staffordshire

6,737,879

6,744,172

6,737,109

Stockport

2,390,783

2,508,441

2,520,061

Stockton on Tees

1,932,205

2,027,295

2,065,879

Stoke on Trent

2,761,049

2,896,929

3,080,460

Suffolk

5,776,012

5,508,235

5,531,601

Sunderland

3,340,512

3,333,282

3,336,564

Surrey

8,628,887

8,191,299

7,367,269

Sutton

1,602,425

1,654,444

1,660,234

Swindon

1,844,348

1,846,214

1,847,666

Tameside

2,375,322

2,492,219

2,499,106

Telford and Wrekin

1,773,089

1,798,599

1,803,889

Thurrock

1,453,580

1,525,116

1,657,326

Torbay

1,148,857

1,205,396

1,300,057

Tower Hamlets

2,716,974

2,850,684

3,133,669

Trafford

1,819,698

1,886,908

1,892,281

Wakefield

3,277,829

3,386,663

3,399,169

Walsall

2,919,640

3,061,227

3,068,488

Waltham Forest

2,434,491

2,457,014

2,459,481

Wandsworth

2,166,382

2,168,526

2,153,211

Warrington

1,720,152

1,754,915

1,767,568

Warwickshire

4,220,230

4,105,983

4,098,631

West Berkshire

1,214,237

1,273,993

1,390,903

West Sussex

5,704,250

5,445,474

5,477,332

Westminster

2,238,826

2,125,291

1,911,490

Wigan

3,120,097

3,273,647

3,298,656

Wiltshire

3,423,148

3,342,973

3,371,102

Windsor and Maidenhead

1,193,378

1,166,154

1,159,487

Wirral

3,689,000

3,501,924

3,299,236

Wokingham

1,236,931

1,174,204

1,136,637

Wolverhampton

2,619,554

2,748,470

2,890,404

Worcestershire

4,406,206

4,263,443

4,268,515

York

1,391,800

1,418,001

1,396,446

Total England

468,732,000

466,732,000

466,732,000

1 From 1 April 2009 four new local authorities were created: Bedfordshire LA split into Bedford borough and Central Bedfordshire and Cheshire LA split into Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester.