Schools: Sefton Central

Department for Education written question – answered on 23rd November 2022.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has held discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for schools in Sefton Central constituency.

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

The Department engages regularly with His Majesty’s Treasury on a number of matters, including on school funding.

The Government is prioritising further funding for schools, including those in the Sefton Central constituency. The Autumn Statement has provided an additional increase in the core schools’ budget of £2.3 billion for both 2023/24 and 2024/25. After adjusting to account for the removal of the compensation for employer costs of the Health and Social Care Levy, this brings the core schools budget to a total of £58.8 billion in 2024/25, £2 billion greater than published in the 2021 Spending Review. Schools funding is already £4 billion higher this year than last year, and this additional funding means that it will rise by a further £3.5 billion next year. Combined, that means a 15% increase in funding within two years.

The Department will set out plans for the distribution of the additional funding provided through the Autumn Statement in due course.

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