Education: Finance

Education written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his estimate is of the real terms changes (a) in total and (b) per pupil in his Department's budgets for (i) all spending, (ii) spending on schools and (iii) spending on schools capital projects in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

The Department's gross budgets and schools budgets since 2010-11 in real terms are shown in Table 1 as follows. Over the period schools funding has risen in real terms by around 3% and per pupil funding has been maintained in cash terms.

Table 1: Department's budget and schools budget (real terms in 2013-14 prices based on March 2013 estimates of GDP deflators)
  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Resource DEL (£ million)(1) 54,360 53,206 52,425 53,267
Schools Resource DEL (£ million)(1) 45,056 44,703 45,877 46,441
Per pupil funding: (£)(1, 2)        
Real terms 5,950 5,840 5,910 5,930
Cash terms 5,630 5,640 5,780 5,930
(1 )All figures represent budgets and include depreciation. The figures do not represent actual outturn. (2 )Figures are calculated using actual numbers of 3-19 year olds in maintained schools and Academies.

Budgets for schools capital projects since 2009-10 are shown in Table 2 as follows.

Table 2: Budget for schools capital projects (real terms based on March 2013 estimates of GDP deflators)
Financial year Total capital allocations(1)(£ million)
2009-10 6,197
2010-11 7,314
2011-12 5,241
2012-13 4,606
2013-14 3,983
2014-15(2) 4,484
2015-16(2) 4,405
(1 )Figures exclude PFI credit allocations. (2 )Provisional.

The Government are spending more in real terms on schools capital in this parliament than the previous administration did in its first two terms combined.

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