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Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding the Hartlepool constituency has received from the (a) Excellence in Cities, (b) Education Action Zone and (c) Leadership Incentive Grant Scheme in each year since the scheme began. 
Jacqui Smith: Hartlepool has been involved in the Excellence in Cities (EiC) programme since September 2000 as part of Phase Two. Hartlepool are also included in the Leadership Incentive Grant, following receipt of funding in April 2003. Although they did not participate in the Education Action Zones programme, they have an EiC Action Zone as part of the EIC programme.
This investment is reflected in Hartlepool's EiC lifetime rate of improvement, in terms of five or more GCSEs A* to C. It is one of the highest of those involved in the programme, having gone from 35.7 per cent. in
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2000, to 48.6 per cent. in 2004. Provisional results for 2005 show that attainment in Hartlepool has risen again, to 50.9 per cent.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the ethnic minority achievement element of the Standards Fund granted to (a) the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and (b) Wokingham district council was in each of the last three years; and what it is expected to be in each of the next two financial years; 
(3) if she will list the local authorities whose funding for the ethnic minority achievement element of the Standards Fund will have been reduced by more than (a) 30 per cent. and (b) 40 per cent. between 2004 and 2007. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 31 October 2005]: Changes to the distribution of the Ethnic Minority Achievement (EMAG) element of the Standards Fund were from introduced from 200405 to bring a better targeted, fairer and more sensible distribution to this grant. These changes were endorsed by the DfES Aiming High: Raising the Achievement of Minority Ethnic Pupils" consultation of 2003. Between 200506 and 200708, EMAG total funding will have increased by almost £10 million. In spite of these increases the reforms to the distribution of EMAG were not possible without losses to some authorities. No authority has been worse off as a result of these changes than 0.05 per cent. of their overall Education Formula Spending Share.
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The criteria for allocations for each authority remained the same as for 200203. The 200203 grant reflected historic allocations to authorities dating from the evolvement in 19992000 of EMAG from the Home Office Section 11. (Section 11 had been based on a bidding process and did not necessarily reflect pupil numbers).
For 200405, the national total for EMAG was increased by 4 per cent. For 200405 the DfES introduced a phased move towards a new, needs based formula for allocating EMAG. This formula is based on the numbers of pupils from nationally underachieving ethnic groups and the numbers of pupils with a first language other than English, with a weighting for free school meals. Pupils are only counted once in the formula.
For some authorities the formula warranted a reduction in grant. Instead of increasing every authority's allocation by 4 per cent., the DfES froze the allocation at the 200304 level for those authorities who would otherwise have lost under the new formula. This was for one year only. Other authorities who were to gain began a move towards their new formula amount. All authorities, except the Isles of Scilly, received a total allocation of at least £35,000, including the local authority contribution. EMAG remained a ring-fenced grant to be spent only on raising the attainment of pupils from minority ethnic groups.
For 200506, the national total for EMAG was increased by 4 per cent. The DfES continued to move towards the new, needs based, formula for allocating EMAG. This was again based on the numbers of pupils from nationally underachieving ethnic groups and the numbers of pupils with a first language other than English with a weighting for free school meals. Once again pupils are only counted once in the formula.
For some authorities this resulted in a reduction in grant. The DfES ensured that the allocation for those LEAs who would otherwise lose under the new formula was not reduced by more than 0.05 per cent. of their overall School Formula Funding Share. Other authorities continued to move towards their new formula amount. EMAG remained ring-fenced to be spent only on raising the attainment of pupils from minority ethnic groups.
The list of those authorities that have had reduction of over 30 per cent. and 40 per cent. is as follows. Those that have had a reduction of over 40 per cent. also appear in the over 30 per cent. list.
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(a) Comparing the DfES contribution of the Ethnic Minority Achievement element (EMAG) of the Standards Fund of 200304 with the provisional DfES allocation of 200708, the following local authorities 1 have had their DfES contribution to EMAG cut by more than 30 per cent.:
(b) Comparing the DfES contribution of the Ethnic Minority Achievement element (EMAG) of the Standards Fund of 200304 with the provisional DfES allocation of 200708, the following local authorities 1 have had their DfES contribution to EMAG cut by more than 40 per cent.:
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