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Local authority budgeted expenditure on schools

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  • Release date: 5 July 2018
  • Period covered: 2018-19
  • Next update: July 2019
An annual report which includes information per pupil, by local authority and school sector.

Key points

  • Gross schools expenditure is budgeted to be £2,566 million, an increase of 0.9% over the previous year.
  • Gross schools expenditure per pupil is budgeted to be £5,675, a year-on-year increase of 0.8% or £47. This can be broken down into £4,776 per pupil delegated to schools and £899 per pupil retained for centrally funded school services.
  • The funding delegated to schools is budgeted to be £2,160 million. The amount of funding that local authorities delegate directly to schools ranges between 75% and 90% of overall gross schools budgeted expenditure.
  • 84.2% of the total gross schools budgeted expenditure is delegated directly to schools, a decrease of 0.1 of a percentage point compared to the previous year.


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