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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2007, Official Report, column 1293W, to the hon. Member for Bexleyheath and Crayford (Mr. Evennett), on schools: Bexley, what the dedicated schools grant was per pupil for each London borough. 
Jim Knight: The Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) was first introduced in 2006-07; the funding that each London borough received in 2006-07 and the indicative allocation for 2007-08 are detailed in the following table:
|2006-07 Final||2007-08 Indicative|
|DSG guaranteed unit of funding per pupil||Total DSG funding (£ million)||DSG guaranteed unit of funding per pupil||Total DSG funding (£ million)|
1. Figures are on a cash basis
2. Prior to the introduction of the DSG, funding for nursery, primary and secondary school aged pupils was through the Education Funding System (EFS) which was part of the local government finance settlement. EFS was based on what an authority needed to fund education whereas DSG is largely based on an authoritys previous spending. EFS also included funding for an authority's central functions, this is still part of DCLGs local government finance settlement rather than DSG. For these reasons EFS and DSG are not comparable.
3. The DSG does not represent the totality of education funding; there are other grants that support the schools budget which have not been included in the table.
Jim Knight: During Anti-Bullying Week 2006, the Office of the Childrens Commissioner (OCC) launched a draft report into school bullying complaints procedures. The Department is facilitating a consultation with key stakeholders on behalf of the OCC and expects to receive the final report in April/May 2007. In addition, the Local Government Ombudsman recently wrote to the Department about the possibility of extending his remit to cover the internal management of schools. No other representations have been received by the Department on school complaints procedures.
The dedicated schools grant (DSG) was introduced in 2006-07, prior to this authorities revenue funded was from standard spending assessments (SSA) and education formula spending (EPS) which formed the education part of the local government finance settlement, plus various grants. The per pupil funding for East Sussex local authority and England from 1997-98 to 2005-06 was:
|Funding per three-19 year old pupil in real terms (£)|
1. Price Base: Real terms at 2005-06 prices, based on GDP deflators as at 27 September 2006.
2. Figures reflect relevant sub-blocks of standard spending assessment/education formula spending (EFS) settlements and exclude the pensions transfer to EFS and LSC.
3. Total funding also includes all revenue grants in DfES departmental expenditure limits relevant to pupils aged three-19 and exclude education maintenance allowances (EMAs) and grants not allocated at LEA level.
4. The pupil numbers used to convert £ million figures to £ per pupil are those underlying the SSA/EFS settlement calculations plus PLASC three year old maintained pupils and estimated three-four year olds funded through state support in maintained and other educational institutions where these are not included in the SSA pupil numbers.
5. Rounding: Figures are rounded to the nearest £10.
6. Status: Some of the grant allocations have not been finalised. If these do change, the effect on the funding figures is expected to be minimal.
The introduction of the dedicated schools grant (DSG) in 2006-07 fundamentally changed how local authorities are funded. The 1997-98 to 2005-06 figures are based on an assessment of what local authorities needed to fund education; the 2006-07 DSG is based largely on an authoritys previous spending.
In addition, DSG has a different coverage to EFS. EFS comprised a schools block and an LEA block (to cover LEA central functions) whereas DSG only covers the school block. LEA block items are still funded through CLGs local government finance settlement but education items cannot be separately identified. This means we have a break in our time series as the two sets of data are not comparable.
To provide a comparison for 2006-07 DSG, we have isolated the schools block equivalent funding in 2005-06; as described above this does not represent the totality of education funding in that year. There are other grants that support the schools budget, these are not included in the provided DSG figures. The cash figures for all funded pupils aged three-15 in East Sussex and England are shown in the following table.
|2005-06 Baseline||2006-07 DSG guaranteed unit of funding||2007-08 DSG guaranteed unit of funding|
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