HC Deb 11 July 2002 vol 388 cc1174-5W
Mrs. Calton

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what ring fenced grants were made available to local authorities in financial year 2001–02. [68290]

Mr. Miliband

The following table shows the Department's ring-fenced grants made available to local education authorities in 2001–02. These are specific grants ring-fenced for specific purpose or activities or special grants paid under section 88B of the Local Government Finance Act 1988

Standards Fund 1,583,000
SA-tool Standards Grant 631,307
Education Budget Support Grant 52,394
Teachers Pay Grants 479,275
Nursery Education Grant 184,000
Education Maintenance Allowance 98,000
Childcare Grant 148,750
GM Transitional Grants 10,335
Education Action Zone Grant 62,615
Capital Grants 704,000


Figures are in cash terms.

The Government have simplified the operation of the Standards Fund, by far the largest specific grant for education. Since April 2001, schools have had more freedom to move funds between the different Standards Fund activities; separate auditing of the Standards Fund is no longer required; and the spending period for the Standards Fund was extended from 12 months to 17 months to give schools even more flexibility in planning expenditure. The School Standards Grant offers further freedom to schools.