delegation of schools' funding.
The latest Local Education Authorities' comparative expenditure table
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.
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.