Schools: Finance:Written question - 51423

Q
(Bedford)
Asked on: 01 November 2016
Department for Education
Schools: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many instances of financial malpractice and irregularity in (a) free schools and academies and (b) community schools have occurred in each of the last three years; and what proportion of each type of school they have occurred in.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 08 November 2016

(a) The reported incidents of financial malpractice and irregularity (includes fraud, theft and irregularity) in free schools and academies in the last three financial years are set out in the table below. The proportion of each type of academy or free school they have occurred in is recorded in the corresponding brackets.

Financial Year

Cases investigated by the EFA

Self-Reported by Institutions

TOTAL

Academies

Free Schools

Academies

Free Schools

Academies

Free Schools

2013/14

10 (0.3%)

3 (1.7%)

28 (0.8%)

1 (0.6%)

38 (1.0%)

4 (2.3%)

2014/15

10 (0.2%)

1 (0.4%)

21 (0.5%)

0 (0%)

31 (0.7%)

1 (0.4%)

2015/16

7 (0.1%)

0 (0%)

43 (0.8%)

0 (0%)

50 (1.0%)

0 (0%)

Totals of % may not add up due to rounding

January Census data each year:

Year

Academies

Free Schools

TOTAL

2014

3,653

174

3,827

2015

4,467

255

4,722

2016

5,171

303

5,474

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers

Local authorities are responsible for the financial management of maintained schools, and they will usually be the point of contact for any allegations of financial impropriety. The Department for Education is careful not to overburden local authorities with monitoring requirements. Local authorities are required to provide an annual assurance that school funding has been used properly. However, the Department does not centrally monitor the number of allegations reported to each local authority

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