The Government are aware that the changes to surface water charges can lead to increased charges for some schools, depending on their site and how much they use the public drainage system for rainwater disposal. Schools and local authorities should work together if this proves to be the case and take steps to improve natural drainage at schools if necessary.
For 2007-08, the total expenditure by schools on water and sewerage was £92.1 million. This is 0.3 per cent. of the total school expenditure of £32.9 billion.
The local authority, in consultation with their schools forum, can consider whether they wish to support schools specifically for additional pressures through the local funding formula. However, this is very much a local decision.