School funding

Section 251 budget statements

It is a statutory duty that LAs must publish their "budget" and "outturn" statements as and when prescribed in the section 251 regulations.

The size of the Schools Budget, and the amounts to be allocated to each factor depend on budget decisions taken by the LA before the beginning of each financial year, so budget statements are the means of informing schools and the public in general about the funding plans of the LA.

The budget statement for the forthcoming year is intended to provide a clear picture of the authority's planned spending:

  • How much of the whole education budget the LA intends to spend on items outside the Schools Budget;
  • How much the LA is proposing to retain centrally within the Schools Budget for school services;
  • How the formula is working to produce budget shares for each school in the LA's area.

Budget statements


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