In a statement to Parliament today, the new Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, announced the Government will be delaying plans to introduce major changes to the way schools and local authorities are funded.
The changes will now be introduced in 2018/19, rather than 2017/18 as originally planned. The written statement indicates that the Government remains committed to redistributing funds from higher-funded authorities to lower-funded areas.
These proposals will affect both the funding for individual schools, as well as ‘high needs funding’ that is held by local authorities to fund provision for children and young people with special educational needs. However, the Government has now confirmed that for 2017/18 no local authority will receive less funding on their schools and high needs blocks than they did in 2016-17. CDC welcomes this early decision as local authorities and schools need as much notice as possible to plan their budgets.
The full written statement can be found here.
The Department for Education has said it will launch a full consultation on the next stage of proposals after Parliament returns in the autumn.