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LA and school expenditure
This release contains detailed information on expenditure by local authority maintained schools and expenditure by local authorities on education and children’s and young people’s services. This includes education by sector, Sure Start children’s centres, looked after children, family support services and youth justice. The latest information relates to the 2019-20 financial year and therefore relates to local authority expenditure prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This publication does not include expenditure by academies. We publish academy school finance data separately. The largest area of spend, on schools, is significantly affected by the number of schools which have become academies, and that number has continued to increase. This means that it will not be possible to make like-for-like comparisons of LA expenditure on schools between years based on the figures in the forthcoming charts.
All figures in this release are presented in cash terms and are not adjusted for inflation.
Headline facts and figures - 2019-20
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These are Official Statistics and have been produced in line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
This can be broadly interpreted to mean that these statistics are:
- managed impartially and objectively in the public interest
- meet identified user needs
- produced according to sound methods
- well explained and readily accessible
Find out more about the standards we follow to produce these statistics through our Standards for official statistics published by DfE guidance.
Our statistical practice is regulated by the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR).
OSR sets the standards of trustworthiness, quality and value in the Code of Practice for Statistics that all producers of official statistics should adhere to.
If you have a specific enquiry about LA and school expenditure statistics and data:
Pupil and school finance data teamEmail: email@example.com
Contact name: Julie Glenndenning
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