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The Department collects information from each local authority on school capacity in maintained schools through an annual survey, which includes local authorities' own pupil forecasts. The most recent survey data relate to the position in May 2010 and are available on the Department for Education's website:
The Department provides capital funding to local authorities to ensure there are sufficient school places. It is the responsibility of each local authority to manage the supply and demand for school places in its area and to secure a place for every child of statutory school age who wants one.