Capital maintenance funding is calculated using pupil number data which ensures that a fair and proportionate share of funding is allocated to all local authorities for maintained and voluntary aided schools. The same methodology is used to determine the budget for the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund. This results in an equitable approach to the allocation of capital maintenance funding across the school estate.
Funding to support the provision of additional pupil places is allocated to local authorities on the basis of data which they return to the Department as part of the annual Schools Capacity Survey to determine the relative need of each area. The local authority is expected to use this capital funding in line with the locally agreed priorities to provide new places, regardless of the type of school.