Financial Year 2021-22

Planned LA and school expenditure

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  1. Added 'S251 Budget - School level high needs data' file, previously published on the S251 Budget guidance page

This release contains information on local authority (LA) spending plans for education, children's services (including youth justice), early years, high needs place funding and social care for the financial year 2021-22. 

All figures are presented in cash terms and are not adjusted for inflation. The largest area of spend, on schools, is substantially 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Change to statistics

To reduce burden on local authorities during the pandemic, data on planned expenditure was not collected for the financial year 2020-21. This publication is the first in the series to relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, there is a break in the time series. 

Headline facts and figures - 2021-22

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