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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of his Department's expenditure under each line of Table 8.4 of his Department's Report for 2009 is included in the 75 per cent. of the budget to be protected in 2011-12 and 2012-13. (322493)

[holding answer 16 March 2010]: The pre-Budget report confirmed that from 2011-13 funding for Sure Start will continue to rise in line with inflation; funding for 16 to 19 learning will rise by 0.9 per cent. year on year with an extra £202 million this year to meet our September Guarantee; and funding for schools will increase by 0.7 per cent. in real terms, which at current inflation levels will mean a cash increase of 2.7 per cent.

This means that 75 per cent. of the DCSF budget has been protected. The document, ‘Investing for the Future, Protecting the Front Line: School Funding 2010’, published on 15 March, showed how the DCSF budget breaks down in 2010-11 into the front-line areas protected in the PBR and the remaining areas from which the Department is finding £500 million savings in the 2011-13 period. A further breakdown will be provided when we publish our annual report later in the year.