The statistical publication: ‘Local Authority and School Expenditure’ provides the latest information at national and local level on how local authorities spent their funding on education, children's services, and social care. Information is also included on school expenditure and school revenue balances; this section was added on 11 February 2021.
For this publication, the previous fixed-format tables previously published have been replaced by a series of machine-readable files which, in conjunction, with our new online platform, Explore Education Statistics, provide flexible outputs to the user’s requirements. The contents of the publication are similar to what has been published before and cover the following broad themes:
Local authority spending on education services
|This publication provides a time series showing local authority spending on education services by phase and sector where applicable. This also includes spending on the community budget.|
Local authority spending on children’s and young people’s services
|This publication provides a time series showing local authority spending on children’s and young people’s services by type of provision (own, private, voluntary and other public sector provision)|
|The income and expenditure of local authority-maintained schools in England|
This publication provides a time series showing school income and expenditure and per capita statistics for local authority maintained schools in England by phase of education.
|School revenue balances|
This publication provides a time series showing detailed school revenue balances statistics by phase of education.
The latest release updates and supersedes the previous statistical release; the full back series can be found on gov.uk.
The financial data published here is the main source of information on expenditure by LAs and local authority maintained schools. It is used as the main source for comparisons of LAs and their expenditure, and how they fund their schools. It is also used to enhance the evidence base used to support decision-making within the department and is used to support policy decisions relating to services to children and young people.
This document aims to provide information on the methodology involved in the production of this data – from collection through to publication – and information relating to the quality of the statistics.
Please note that all figures are presented in cash terms and are not adjusted for inflation.
This publication will initially contain only information taken from the Section 251 Outturn collection. The collection of Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR) was moved from the planned collection in summer 2020 to the autumn term 2020, this was due to school closures during the Covid-19 pandemic. This publication will be updated later in February to include information taken from the CFR data collection. This will ensure that the information from Section 251 Outturn will be released in a timely manner.
Please note that the data presented in this release relates to the 2019-20 financial year (April 2019 to March 2020) and, therefore, relates to expenditure by local authorities before the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on local authorities and schools in England.