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Schools: Finance

Department for Education written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Lilian Greenwood Lilian Greenwood Labour, Nottingham South

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which ongoing statutory duties local authorities will be expected to fund from the new central schools services block from 2018-19.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The central school services block will fund statutory duties, including some historic duties where applicable, that local authorities carry out for all pupils from 2018-19. These duties are set out in Annex 1 of the consultation document, which is attached below and is also available here:


Further information is available in the central school services block section of the consultation document.

We are currently consulting on the new national funding formula. The consultation will be open until 22 March and is available here:


Shape and content of the central school services block

Allocation route

Previously funded from centrally retained DSG

Previously funded from ESG

Central school services block per pupil rate

School admissions

Servicing of schools forums

Fees to independent schools for pupils without SEN

Education welfare services

Asset management

Statutory and regulatory duties

Central school services block historic commitments funding

Contribution to combined budgets: costs of providing combined education and children’s services Termination of employment costs: premature retirement or dismissal costs for maintained school staff Equal pay – back pay: costs of meeting equal pay commitments in schools Capital expenditure from revenue (CERA): where the authority uses revenue funding to meet capital costs Prudential borrowing costs: for repayment of some authority loans Exceptions agreed by the Secretary of State: centrally retained schools budget expenditure that has been approved by application to the Secretary of State

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