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Thursday, 27 June, 2002, 16:50 GMT 17:50 UK
Schools 'not getting money they are due'
classroom
Funding per pupil varies widely
Ministers are accusing 33 English education authorities of having failed to pass on to schools all the funding they were supposed to have done.


In future I expect LEAs to ensure that increased funding gets through to schools

Education minister David Miliband
But the proportion of the "schools budget" that is being passed on has risen from 86.5% last year to 87.3% this year - the target was 87%.

In the annual "naming and shaming" exercise, the Department for Education has also singled out 18 councils which it says have not passed on at least as big an increase as they received from central government.

The data also reveal the wide range of funding schools get per pupil, depending on where they are - from 4,265 in Tower Hamlets in east London to 2,380 in Solihull.

The department says the figures show schools have had an extra 143m this year.

Threat

The Schools Minister, David Miliband, said the government had provided "huge resources" for education and it was vital the money got through to schools to raise standards.


Funds are being used to benefit the whole schools community

Council chief Graham Lane
"Many LEAs have done well and I'm pleased to see that overall more money is being passed onto schools."

But 33 had not delegated enough.

"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."

The Education Bill currently going through Parliament will give the education secretary the power to set a minimum level for how much an authority should pass on.

It also sets up local forums that would "expose LEA schools budgets to scrutiny", the government said.

Rebuttal

The figures published on Thursday do not include what is called the School Standards Grant - not to be confused with the separate Standards Fund - which goes direct to schools, albeit via their LEAs.

The Local Government Association said education authorities were investing more funds than ever to help all school children to achieve their highest potential.

The association's education chair, Graham Lane, said: "Since 1995 local authorities have spent around 4bn more than the government's funding assessment for education from their own resources.

"Where funds are not always delegated direct to schools it is because these funds are being used to benefit the whole schools community, on services like student welfare and transport."

Other demands

Cllr Lane is also chair of Newham in London - one of the 33 authorities that failed to pass on as much as the government wanted.

He said many authorities' budgets, his included, were under "tremendous pressure" from the rising costs of social services.

It was interesting to note that Rutland - another LEA accused of failing to pass on enough to its schools - had actually spent 10% more on education than the government required it to, he said.

"It's time for a new funding system that can address these issues properly," he added.

The reform that is being proposed is to split the money into 88% for schools and 12% for councils to provide other education services, such as support for special needs.

Cllr Lane said this would work provided the councils' share did not include school transport, which could eat up 6% of the total in rural areas.

"It doesn't actually produce any more money, of course, but it makes it easier for people to understand."


The table below shows how much of the money intended for schools different LEAs have passed on ("delegated"), how much per pupil that is, and how much more it is than last year.

LEA
Deleg.
per pupil
Rise
Barnet
90.2%
3,107
7.6%
Havering
89.8%
2,821
4.9%
Southend-on-Sea
89.6%
2,854
6.1%
Poole
89.5%
2,617
9.1%
Lincolnshire
89.3%
2,517
5.6%
Suffolk
89.1%
2,634
7.9%
Bradford
89.0%
2,816
8.7%
Sefton
89.0%
2,780
7.4%
Trafford
88.8%
2,517
4.8%
Tower Hamlets
88.6%
4,265
10.4%
Medway
88.4%
2,807
10.2%
Sunderland
88.4%
2,687
8.1%
Dudley
88.4%
2,464
7.2%
Sandwell
88.3%
2,787
8.1%
Kirklees
88.3%
2,671
6.9%
Wigan
88.3%
2,602
3.9%
Nottinghamshire
88.2%
2,578
8.7%
Doncaster
88.1%
2,668
9.7%
Harrow
88.0%
2,966
9.2%
Staffordshire
88.0%
2,432
8.7%
Wandsworth
88.0%
3,556
8.1%
Northumberland
88.0%
2,559
6.1%
St. Helens
88.0%
2,634
5.0%
Rotherham
87.9%
2,703
9.0%
Manchester
87.9%
3,123
8.8%
West Sussex
87.9%
2,725
8.5%
Calderdale
87.9%
2,616
6.2%
Hillingdon
87.9%
2,833
5.6%
Bath & NE Somerset
87.8%
2,684
8.6%
Wolverhampton
87.8%
2,732
6.9%
Warrington
87.8%
2,476
5.4%
Slough
87.7%
3,040
8.5%
Hertfordshire
87.7%
2,686
8.3%
Greenwich
87.7%
3,612
7.8%
Brent
87.7%
3,155
6.1%
Brighton and Hove
87.7%
2,783
5.8%
West Berkshire
87.7%
2,662
5.7%
Northamptonshire
87.7%
2,574
5.2%
City of Bristol
87.7%
2,829
5.0%
Tameside
87.6%
2,626
9.7%
Derby
87.6%
2,656
8.5%
Rochdale
87.6%
2,668
8.3%
Plymouth
87.6%
2,659
7.0%
Redcar and Cleveland
87.6%
2,648
6.7%
Birmingham
87.6%
3,064
6.1%
Southampton
87.6%
2,779
3.7%
Sheffield
87.5%
2,650
9.0%
Sutton
87.5%
2,803
7.5%
Peterborough
87.5%
2,764
6.2%
Merton
87.4%
2,971
10.3%
North Tyneside
87.4%
2,638
8.2%
Hounslow
87.4%
3,169
8.1%
Leeds
87.4%
2,759
8.0%
Liverpool
87.4%
3,065
8.0%
Richmond upon Thames
87.4%
2,820
7.8%
Westminster
87.4%
3,903
7.8%
Hampshire
87.4%
2,586
7.4%
Haringey
87.3%
3,512
10.9%
Barnsley
87.3%
2,627
10.0%
Thurrock
87.3%
2,824
9.3%
Kent
87.3%
2,730
8.6%
Ealing
87.3%
3,167
8.6%
Knowsley
87.3%
3,005
8.2%
North Yorkshire
87.3%
2,643
7.9%
Bedfordshire
87.3%
2,664
7.1%
NE Lincolnshire
87.3%
2,664
7.0%
Newcastle upon Tyne
87.3%
2,691
6.6%
Warwickshire
87.3%
2,530
6.3%
Lewisham
87.3%
3,511
5.8%
England averages
87.3%
2,727
7.2%
Southwark
87.2%
3,708
10.4%
Luton
87.2%
2,890
9.1%
Lancashire
87.2%
2,620
7.5%
Hammersmith and Fulham
87.2%
3,745
7.1%
Islington
87.2%
3,610
7.0%
Cheshire
87.2%
2,532
6.9%
Walsall
87.2%
2,621
6.8%
Redbridge
87.2%
2,929
6.4%
Oxfordshire
87.1%
2,650
9.3%
Barking and Dagenham
87.1%
3,109
9.1%
Camden
87.1%
3,993
8.8%
Kingston Upon Hull
87.1%
2,821
8.0%
Blackburn with Darwen
87.1%
2,820
7.8%
Halton
87.1%
2,872
7.7%
Kingston upon Thames
87.1%
2,836
7.6%
Telford & Wrekin
87.1%
2,597
7.3%
Essex
87.1%
2,716
7.2%
Portsmouth
87.1%
2,884
7.2%
Coventry
87.1%
2,801
7.1%
Stockton-on-Tees
87.1%
2,697
7.0%
Rutland
87.1%
2,717
6.9%
Waltham Forest
87.1%
3,404
6.4%
Bury
87.1%
2,404
6.3%
Devon
87.1%
2,492
6.1%
East Sussex
87.1%
2,673
6.0%
Cumbria
87.1%
2,622
5.9%
Isle of Wight
87.1%
2,740
5.4%
Cambridgeshire
87.1%
2,415
5.3%
North Lincolnshire
87.1%
2,576
5.2%
East Riding of Yorkshire
87.1%
2,526
4.6%
Milton Keynes
87.0%
2,776
10.1%
Enfield
87.0%
3,069
9.6%
Nottingham
87.0%
3,063
9.5%
Oldham
87.0%
2,746
8.5%
Hartlepool
87.0%
2,702
8.3%
Wakefield
87.0%
2,525
7.6%
Windsor and Maidenhead
87.0%
2,746
7.6%
Stockport
87.0%
2,432
7.0%
South Gloucestershire
87.0%
2,510
6.9%
Surrey
87.0%
2,632
6.4%
York
87.0%
2,549
6.2%
Norfolk
87.0%
2,599
6.2%
Salford
87.0%
2,758
6.2%
Stoke-on-Trent
87.0%
2,588
5.0%
Bournemouth
87.0%
2,563
4.6%
Shropshire
87.0%
2,431
4.3%
Bolton
86.9%
2,591
8.8%
Dorset
86.9%
2,578
5.5%
Durham
86.9%
2,608
3.3%
Newham
86.8%
3,227
7.7%
Wirral
86.7%
2,620
3.0%
Worcestershire
86.6%
2,515
9.3%
Torbay
86.6%
2,585
8.2%
Reading
86.6%
2,743
7.0%
Hackney
86.6%
3,605
4.3%
South Tyneside
86.5%
2,685
6.0%
Leicester
86.4%
2,768
5.4%
Swindon
86.3%
2,436
6.7%
Cornwall
86.3%
2,520
6.6%
Derbyshire
86.2%
2,453
6.9%
Herefordshire
86.1%
2,465
6.7%
Bromley
86.1%
2,637
5.9%
Croydon
86.0%
2,882
8.6%
Bracknell Forest
86.0%
2,572
7.7%
Wiltshire
86.0%
2,386
5.5%
Darlington
85.9%
2,504
6.2%
North Somerset
85.9%
2,385
4.8%
Blackpool
85.6%
2,624
7.5%
Middlesbrough
85.6%
2,812
7.4%
Buckinghamshire
85.4%
2,539
9.1%
Gloucestershire
85.4%
2,468
8.0%
Somerset
85.4%
2,572
6.1%
Solihull
85.4%
2,380
4.5%
Wokingham
85.4%
2,519
4.0%
Bexley
85.2%
2,608
5.7%
Lambeth
85.2%
3,548
3.7%
Leicestershire
84.7%
2,400
6.1%
Gateshead
84.3%
2,723
3.9%
Kensington and Chelsea
83.9%
3,981
6.9%

The next table highlights the funding per pupil:

LEA
Deleg.
per pupil
Rise
Tower Hamlets
88.6%
4,265
10.4%
Camden
87.1%
3,993
8.8%
Kensington and Chelsea
83.9%
3,981
6.9%
Westminster
87.4%
3,903
7.8%
Hammersmith & Fulham
87.2%
3,745
7.1%
Southwark
87.2%
3,708
10.4%
Greenwich
87.7%
3,612
7.8%
Islington
87.2%
3,610
7.0%
Hackney
86.6%
3,605
4.3%
Wandsworth
88.0%
3,556
8.1%
Lambeth
85.2%
3,548
3.7%
Haringey
87.3%
3,512
10.9%
Lewisham
87.3%
3,511
5.8%
Waltham Forest
87.1%
3,404
6.4%
Newham
86.8%
3,227
7.7%
Hounslow
87.4%
3,169
8.1%
Ealing
87.3%
3,167
8.6%
Brent
87.7%
3,155
6.1%
Manchester
87.9%
3,123
8.8%
Barking and Dagenham
87.1%
3,109
9.1%
Barnet
90.2%
3,107
7.6%
Enfield
87.0%
3,069
9.6%
Liverpool
87.4%
3,065
8.0%
Birmingham
87.6%
3,064
6.1%
Nottingham
87.0%
3,063
9.5%
Slough
87.7%
3,040
8.5%
Knowsley
87.3%
3,005
8.2%
Merton
87.4%
2,971
10.3%
Harrow
88.0%
2,966
9.2%
Redbridge
87.2%
2,929
6.4%
Luton
87.2%
2,890
9.1%
Portsmouth
87.1%
2,884
7.2%
Croydon
86.0%
2,882
8.6%
Halton
87.1%
2,872
7.7%
Southend-on-Sea
89.6%
2,854
6.1%
Kingston upon Thames
87.1%
2,836
7.6%
Hillingdon
87.9%
2,833
5.6%
City of Bristol
87.7%
2,829
5.0%
Thurrock
87.3%
2,824
9.3%
Havering
89.8%
2,821
4.9%
Kingston Upon Hull
87.1%
2,821
8.0%
Blackburn with Darwen
87.1%
2,820
7.8%
Richmond upon Thames
87.4%
2,820
7.8%
Bradford
89.0%
2,816
8.7%
Middlesbrough
85.6%
2,812
7.4%
Medway
88.4%
2,807
10.2%
Sutton
87.5%
2,803
7.5%
Coventry
87.1%
2,801
7.1%
Sandwell
88.3%
2,787
8.1%
Brighton and Hove
87.7%
2,783
5.8%
Sefton
89.0%
2,780
7.4%
Southampton
87.6%
2,779
3.7%
Milton Keynes
87.0%
2,776
10.1%
Leicester
86.4%
2,768
5.4%
Peterborough
87.5%
2,764
6.2%
Leeds
87.4%
2,759
8.0%
Salford
87.0%
2,758
6.2%
Oldham
87.0%
2,746
8.5%
Windsor & Maidenhead
87.0%
2,746
7.6%
Reading
86.6%
2,743
7.0%
Isle of Wight
87.1%
2,740
5.4%
Wolverhampton
87.8%
2,732
6.9%
Kent
87.3%
2,730
8.6%
England averages
87.3%
2,727
7.2%
West Sussex
87.9%
2,725
8.5%
Gateshead
84.3%
2,723
3.9%
Rutland
87.1%
2,717
6.9%
Essex
87.1%
2,716
7.2%
Rotherham
87.9%
2,703
9.0%
Hartlepool
87.0%
2,702
8.3%
Stockton-on-Tees
87.1%
2,697
7.0%
Newcastle upon Tyne
87.3%
2,691
6.6%
Sunderland
88.4%
2,687
8.1%
Hertfordshire
87.7%
2,686
8.3%
South Tyneside
86.5%
2,685
6.0%
Bath & NE Somerset
87.8%
2,684
8.6%
East Sussex
87.1%
2,673
6.0%
Kirklees
88.3%
2,671
6.9%
Doncaster
88.1%
2,668
9.7%
Rochdale
87.6%
2,668
8.3%
Bedfordshire
87.3%
2,664
7.1%
NE Lincolnshire
87.3%
2,664
7.0%
West Berkshire
87.7%
2,662
5.7%
Plymouth
87.6%
2,659
7.0%
Derby
87.6%
2,656
8.5%
Oxfordshire
87.1%
2,650
9.3%
Sheffield
87.5%
2,650
9.0%
Redcar and Cleveland
87.6%
2,648
6.7%
North Yorkshire
87.3%
2,643
7.9%
North Tyneside
87.4%
2,638
8.2%
Bromley
86.1%
2,637
5.9%
St. Helens
88.0%
2,634
5.0%
Suffolk
89.1%
2,634
7.9%
Surrey
87.0%
2,632
6.4%
Barnsley
87.3%
2,627
10.0%
Tameside
87.6%
2,626
9.7%
Blackpool
85.6%
2,624
7.5%
Cumbria
87.1%
2,622
5.9%
Walsall
87.2%
2,621
6.8%
Lancashire
87.2%
2,620
7.5%
Wirral
86.7%
2,620
3.0%
Poole
89.5%
2,617
9.1%
Calderdale
87.9%
2,616
6.2%
Bexley
85.2%
2,608
5.7%
Durham
86.9%
2,608
3.3%
Wigan
88.3%
2,602
3.9%
Norfolk
87.0%
2,599
6.2%
Telford & Wrekin
87.1%
2,597
7.3%
Bolton
86.9%
2,591
8.8%
Stoke-on-Trent
87.0%
2,588
5.0%
Hampshire
87.4%
2,586
7.4%
Torbay
86.6%
2,585
8.2%
Dorset
86.9%
2,578
5.5%
Nottinghamshire
88.2%
2,578
8.7%
North Lincolnshire
87.1%
2,576
5.2%
Northamptonshire
87.7%
2,574
5.2%
Bracknell Forest
86.0%
2,572
7.7%
Somerset
85.4%
2,572
6.1%
Bournemouth
87.0%
2,563
4.6%
Northumberland
88.0%
2,559
6.1%
York
87.0%
2,549
6.2%
Buckinghamshire
85.4%
2,539
9.1%
Cheshire
87.2%
2,532
6.9%
Warwickshire
87.3%
2,530
6.3%
East Riding of Yorkshire
87.1%
2,526
4.6%
Wakefield
87.0%
2,525
7.6%
Cornwall
86.3%
2,520
6.6%
Wokingham
85.4%
2,519
4.0%
Lincolnshire
89.3%
2,517
5.6%
Trafford
88.8%
2,517
4.8%
Worcestershire
86.6%
2,515
9.3%
South Gloucestershire
87.0%
2,510
6.9%
Darlington
85.9%
2,504
6.2%
Devon
87.1%
2,492
6.1%
Warrington
87.8%
2,476
5.4%
Gloucestershire
85.4%
2,468
8.0%
Herefordshire
86.1%
2,465
6.7%
Dudley
88.4%
2,464
7.2%
Derbyshire
86.2%
2,453
6.9%
Swindon
86.3%
2,436
6.7%
Staffordshire
88.0%
2,432
8.7%
Stockport
87.0%
2,432
7.0%
Shropshire
87.0%
2,431
4.3%
Cambridgeshire
87.1%
2,415
5.3%
Bury
87.1%
2,404
6.3%
Leicestershire
84.7%
2,400
6.1%
Wiltshire
86.0%
2,386
5.5%
North Somerset
85.9%
2,385
4.8%
Solihull
85.4%
2,380
4.5%

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