Schools: Finance

Department for Education written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Angela Rayner Angela Rayner Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much capital funding his Department will spend on (a) creating new school places and (b) investing in existing school buildings in each of the next five fiscal years.

Photo of Angela Rayner Angela Rayner Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on which projects his Department will spend funding from (a) capital departmental expenditure limits and (b) capital annually managed expenditure in each fiscal year from 2018-19 to 2020-21.

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

The Department is investing £23 billion in the school estate in the current Spending Review period (2016-17 to 2020-21) to deliver new school places, rebuild or refurbish buildings in the worst condition and deliver thousands of condition projects across the school estate. The Department also invests capital in other sectors, including higher education, further education and children’s social care.

The Department has committed £7 billion to create new school places between 2015 and 2021. Alongside our investment in the free schools programme, we expect this to provide 600,000 new places. Local authority basic need allocations are available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/basic-need-allocations.

Local authority allocations for new places and improved facilities for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities are available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-provision-capital-funding-for-pupils-with-ehc-plans.

There are 443 free schools open as of 1 March 2019 (520 including university technical colleges (UTCs) and studio schools) and a further 263 free schools (264 including 1 UTC) currently in the pipeline.

The Department has allocated £6 billion in condition funding since 2015 to maintain and improve school buildings. In addition to this, the Department is rebuilding or refurbishing more than 500 school buildings in the poorest condition, through the Priority Schools Building Programme.

The main project or programme that makes up the Department’s spend in Capital Annually Managed Expenditure is student loans, where projections for this Spending Review can be seen in the data table on page 178 of the ‘Department’s Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18’, using the link below:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/728074/DfE_annual_reports_and_accounts_17_to_18_-_WEB.pdf.

The Department will set out detailed plans for funding in future years of this Spending Review as part of its scheduled Main Estimates. Funding beyond this period will be agreed as part of the next Spending Review.

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