HC Deb 03 December 2003 vol 415 cc87-8W
Mr. Hoban:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) capital and (b) revenue support was made available for each city academy in (i) 2003–04 and (ii) each of the last two financial years. [140974]

Mr. Miliband:

Academies are funded comparably with local maintained schools with similar characteristics. The table sets out the revenue funding made available to open Academies in the financial years 2002–03 and 2003–04; there were no open Academies in the financial year 2001–02. The figures include grant to cover annual running costs and the start-up costs associated with opening new schools.

Academy Revenue 2002/03 Revenue 2003/04
Bexley Business Academy, Bexley 4,244,838 4,232,598
Greig City Academy, Haringey 4,822,377 3,966,945
Unity City Academy, Middlesbrough 5,705,520 5,381,861
Capital City Academy, Brent n/a 4,4 I 9,823
The City Academy, Bristol n/a 5,437,152
West London Academy, Ealing n/a 4,644,164
Manchester Academy. Manchester n/a 3,516,223
King's Academy, Middlesbrough n/a 5,940,095
Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham n/a 7,293,347
City of London Academy, Southwark n/a 1,868,433
The Academy at Peckham, Southwark n/a 5,998.577
Walsall City Academy, Walsall n/a 2,927,266

Capital funding made available to open Academies, outside of the initial build or refurbishments costs, are made through the devolved capital Standards Fund and are administered by the Academies local LEA in the same way as for maintained schools. The Department does not hold records of these individual allocations as they are the responsibility of the LEA.

Mr. Hoban:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will set out the funding formula used to calculate amounts payable to city academies. [140976]

Mr. Miliband

[holding answer 1 December 2003]Academies are funded comparably to local authority maintained schools, with similar characteristics, in their local area. The main elements of Academies funding are made up of the followingFormula Funding—Funding comparable to the level which would be provided through the funding formula of the LEA in whose area the Academy is situated, to a maintained school which had all of the Academy's characteristics, including the number of pupils; LEA Holdback—Funding representing a proportion of the LEA education budget money which the LEA would usually retain for services it provides to maintained schools; Specialist Schools Allowance—Funding equivalent to that which a maintained school with the Academy's characteristics would receive in respect of their participation in the specialist schools programme.

In order to ensure comparability with maintained schools, Academy funding also includes additional elements, these currently include: School Standards Grant; Teacher Threshold payments—funded on the same basis as maintained schools for all of an Academy's teachers who are entitled to threshold payments; LOPS contributions—to cover extra costs being charged to Academies, above those paid by maintained schools, in order to be a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme, due to having a small number of employees partaking in the scheme.

Mr. Hoban:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what basis sites of city academies were transferred to them from local education authorities. [140978]

Mr. Miliband:

Sites are transferred from local education authorities to Academies voluntarily, at nil [...] local education authorities may transfer sites on either a leasehold or a freehold basis. On whichever [...] site is transferred, it will revert to the local [...] on authority in the event that it is no longer [...] for the purposes of the Academy.