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MORE DELEGATION OF SCHOOLS FUNDS

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Schools' minister David Miliband has published the latest data on ...
Schools' minister David Miliband has published the latest data on

delegation of schools' funding.

The latest Local Education Authorities' comparative expenditure table

shows that the proportion of Authority's Local Schools Budget being

passed on has risen from 86.5% last year to 87.3% this year.

According to the annual LEA expenditure tables published today

schools have benefited by an extra£143m.

David Miliband said:

'The government has made huge resources available for education and

it is vital that these funds get through to schools where they can

make a difference in raising standards.

'Many LEAs have done well and I'm pleased to see that overall more

money is being passed onto schools.

'Thirty-three LEAs have not delegated enough of their education

budgets to schools. I am disappointed that they have not passed on

all the money. In future I expect LEAs to ensure that increased

funding gets through to schools.'

Proposals in the Education Bill will give the secretary of state a

reserve power to set a minimum level for a local education

authority's schools budget and also establish school forums which

will expose LEA schools budgets to scrutiny.

David Miliband said:

'The reserve power is intended for exceptional use, but we need it to

ensure that schools get the money they need.'

Since 1997 the government has spent an extra£670 per pupil on

education in real terms. Total government funding through LEAs for

education for 2002-03 is just over£27bn.

NOTES

1. The government published the first annual comparative table giving

a breakdown of each LEA's Local Schools Budget in June 1999. This

shows how local education authorities compare with each other and

with the various targets which the Government has set. The main

target concerns the minimum percentage of the Local Schools Budget to

be delegated. This target was set at 87 per cent for 2002-03. The

attached table provides full details of each local education

authority's planned expenditure; a full explanation of the figures in

each column is given in the attached notes. The notes also explain

all the government's delegation targets.

2. The£143m represents the difference between what is getting

through to schools and what would have got through to them if LEAs

had delegated the same proportion of their Local Schools Budget as

they were delegating in 2001-02. The£143m figure does not include

School Standards Grant funding amounting in total to£657m this year

compared to£640m in 2001-02.

3. 33 authorities have not met the minimum target of passing 87% of

their budgets to schools and 18 LEAs have not increased their

education budget by an amount equal to the year to year increase in

its Education Standard Spending Assessment

4. For 2002-03, total government funding through LEAs for education

is just over£27bn.

5. See herefor or a copy of the expenditure tables.

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