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Local authority budgeted expenditure on schools

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  • Release date: 7 July 2016
  • Period covered: 2016-17
  • Next update: 6 July 2017
An annual report which includes information per pupil, by local authority and school sector.

Key points

  • Gross schools expenditure is budgeted to be £2,519 million, an increase of 0.9% over the previous year.
  • Gross schools expenditure per pupil is budgeted to be £5,570, a year-on-year increase of 0.8% or £44. This can be broken down into £4,695 per pupil delegated to schools and £874 per pupil retained for centrally funded school services.
  • The funding delegated to schools is budgeted to be £2,123 million. The amount of funding that local authorities delegate directly to schools ranges between 78% and 88% of overall gross schools budgeted expenditure.
  • 84% of the total gross schools budgeted expenditure is delegated directly to schools, an increase of 0.5 of a percentage point compared to the previous year.


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