This could be for political reasons (eg council tax) or for other reasons (eg higher priorities as seen by the LEA). But the fact remains that many primary schools are losing out.
The worst offenders by type of local authority are:
London Borough/Cash Shortfall for 200 Pupil School
Brighton & Hove£39,200
The reality is that this shortfall amounts to millions of pounds across the 55 LEAs. If examples are taken from each type of authority it is possible to calculate how much the shortfall amounts to across each LEA's total number of primary schools:
Further details, including a figures for each LEA can be requested from LGCnet. Tel 0207 347 1832/3.
When the new three-year budgets (promised by the prime minister in his speech at our annual conference last May and now contained in the Education Bill) come into force, from the 2006/2007 financial year, matters will improve. The new ringfenced dedicated three-year budgets will force every LEA to spend at least up to its SFSS by the end of a transitional period.
In the meantime, primary schools, in too many parts of the country, are being expected to deliver major reforms such as the Workload Agreement when their LEAs will not even give them the funding they are entitled to receive.
National Association of Head Teachers general secretary David Hart said:
'The local authority funding system remains a mess, though three-year budgets promise to deliver a better deal for schools. Although nationally across all schools of all types local government spends some£200m over the funding expected of them by government, this masks enormous disparities. In particular, our analysis reveals an appalling position where thousands of primary schools are deprived of urgently needed funding by political or administrative LEA decisions. This makes a mockery of the drive to raise standards for primary pupils and short-changes heads who need the cash to deliver workforce reforms.'
* Claims of under-funding 'wildly misplaced' says Lincolnshire CC