Schools: Finance

Department for Education written question – answered on 24th January 2022.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total capital budget was for schools in England in each year between 2002 and 2022.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, Minister of State (Education)

The department provides annual capital funding to support the education sector. This includes funding to create sufficient school places and to maintain and improve the condition of the school estate. In addition, the department also delivers capital building programmes, including the free schools programme, Priority School Building Programme and the new School Rebuilding Programme. The department’s capital budget also supports providers other than schools. This includes post-16 and early years providers, as well as the department’s own estate. There is no separate capital budget for schools specifically.

For a breakdown of capital expenditure in each financial year since 2002-03 please see the table below:

Financial Year

Capital Departmental Expenditure Limits, £billion

2002-03

2.7

2003-04

3.5

2004-05

4.1

2005-06

4.4

2006-07

4.1

2007-08

5.2

2008-09

5.5

2009-10

7.4

2010-11

7.1

2011-12

5.0

2012-13

4.6

2013-14

4.1

2014-15

4.8

2015-16

5.1

2016-17

5.7

2017-18

4.9

2018-19

5.4

2019-20

4.9

2020-21

4.8

Note: Figures have been taken from the department accounts which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dfe-annual-reports.

The department’s capital expenditure limit for the 2021-22 financial year is £5.6 billion. In addition to this, the 2021 Spending Review announced a total of £19.4 billion of capital funding to support the education sector between the 2022-23 and 2024-25 financial years, an average of £6.5 billion per annum.

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