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ENGLISH LOCAL EDUCATION AUTHORITIES (LEAS) ARE ROBBING SCHOOLS OF MILLIONS OF POUNDS - NAHT SURVEY

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A survey of English LEA education budgets for 1999/2000 shows that many LEAs are failing to 'passport' in full the ...
A survey of English LEA education budgets for 1999/2000 shows that many LEAs are failing to 'passport' in full the government increase in the 1999/2000 Education Standard Spending Assessments (ESSAs) into their education budgets.

The attached details demonstrate that:

- nearly 70% of LEAs surveyed have failed to pass on ESSA increases in full

- the total cash not passed on by these LEAs to education budgets amounts to£81.3m

If the NAHT figures were 'grossed up' to cover all LEAs the national amount which LEAs have failed to 'passport' to education budgets could well reach£180 million or 16% of the total additional sum (£1.1 bn) allocated by government to LEAs this year.

David Hart, general secretary NAHT comments:

'The NAHT survey reveals a scandalous situation. LEAs are robbing schools of millions of pounds which the government intended for school budgets. This has serious implications both for government and LEAs.

The government promised schools substantial additional funds for each of the next three years as part of its attempt to 'sell' the Green Paper. The failure to deliver on this promise will not help government to persuade heads, without whom the Green Paper system is simply a 'non starter'.

If LEAs do not 'passport' the additional monies allocated by government every year, between now and the general election, they will have 'signed their own death warrants'. Certainly they will have few friends left in schools which desperately need the promised budget increases if they are to drive up standards as demanded.'

NOTE

The final Education SSAs for 1999/2000 gave a total education SSA for England of£20,414bn. This was an increase of£1.1bn or 5.7% on the previous year.

NAHT SURVEY OF LEA EDUCATION BUDGETS 1999/2000

1. Number of LEAs in survey57

2. Number of LEAs which have failed to 'passport' Education SSA increases in full 38(66.7%)

3. Total amount of cash not passed on to Education Budgets by the LEAs in 2 above £81.3m

4. Breakdown of above figures:

- London Boroughs

6 out of 9 Boroughs (66.7%) have not passed on increases in full. Total cash not 'passported'£9.2m

- Metropolitan Boroughs

12 out of 17 Boroughs (70.6%) have not passed on increases in full. Total Cash not 'passported'£15.3m

- County Councils

13 out of 18 County Councils (72.2%) have not passed on increases in full. Total cash not 'passported'£51.1m

- Unitary Authorities

7 out of 13 (53.8%) have not passed on increases in full. Total Cash not 'passported'£5.7m

TOTAL£81.3m

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