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Education written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received from any local authorities with a projected school place shortage that will not be met by free school provision.

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

The Department for Education recently announced an additional £2.35 billion in basic need funding, to support local authorities to create the additional places that will be needed by September 2017, in addition to the £5 billion already committed for the period 2011-15.

The Department has received representations from a number of local authorities, seeking more information about the methodology used to allocate funding. The Department allocates funding for new school places based on information provided by local authorities through an annual survey of the current capacity of schools in the area, and forecasts of future pupil numbers.

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