Free Schools: Admissions:Written question - 9100

Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 07 September 2015
Department for Education
Free Schools: Admissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) amount and (b) proportion of the capital funding budget for new school places was allocated to free schools in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 14 September 2015

The Department has an overall capital settlement from which we fund the creation of new school places, the maintenance of the school estate, and system reform. In recent years we have funded five programmes that have in some way supported the creation of new places. When setting budgets we assess the requirements for each of these programmes which vary from year-to-year depending on, for example, demographic changes or the pace and price of construction. The table below shows the amount we have spent on or budgeted for each of these programmes over the last five years:

(All values £m)

2011-12 Actuals

2012-13 Actuals

2013-14 Actuals

2014-15 Budgets

2015-16 Budgets

Basic Need

1,400

1,312

798

800

1,100

Targeted Basic Need

--

229

551

-

Demographic Growth Capital Fund

24

38

23

53

-

Priority Schools Building Programme

--

87

603

1040

Free Schools

50

275

704

1194

1072

Total

1,474

1,625

1,841

3,201

3,212

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