§ Mr. Timms
The Department does not hold a single Schools Recurrent Budget. Recurrent funding for schools is made up of Education Standard Spending, the Standards Fund and Special Grants. For 2002–03, these three elements break down as follows:
Funding source Amount (£ million) Proportion (Percentage) Education Standard Spending (ESS) 23,858 89.2 Standards Fund 1,711 6.4 Special Grants 1,168 4.4
Education Standard Spending is the amount the Government consider appropriate for local authorities to spend on education from their total budgets. Local authorities receive about three quarters of their funding from central Government, through the Revenue Support Grant and business rates, and about a quarter through council tax. The figure for the Standards Fund includes Government grant only as the local authority contributions are included in the ESS figure.