On 13 December 2010, the Secretary of State announced details of allocation of over £2 billion of capital funding for 2011-12 to schools and local authorities.

The announcement included details of allocation of:

  • £800 million of basic need funding to local authorities to provide school places where needed in their area, in all categories of taxpayer-funded schools
  • £858 million of maintenance capital to local authorities to support the needs of the schools that they maintain and for the Sure Start children’s centres in their area
  • £196 million of locally-coordinated VA programme capital to support the maintenance capital needs of voluntary-aided schools
  • £185 million of devolved formula capital for schools.

A full schedule of these allocations at local authority level can be downloaded from this page.

£800 million basic need funding has been allocated according to relative need for new places, based on forecast data provided by all authorities, with a floor allocation of £20,000. All taxpayer-funded schools within each local authority will be eligible for this funding, including voluntary-aided schools, open academies, and new Free Schools where they address basic need pressures.

The proportion of the funding available for capital maintenance which has been allocated to each authority has been determined by school and weighted pupil numbers from the most recent data available. The voluntary-aided sector has been allocated a fair share based on pupil numbers, and reflecting the governors’ 10 per cent contribution and eligibility for VAT, where an 18 per cent compound rate has been used. Allocations have been abated where schools have been or are about to be modernised through Building Schools for the Future or PFI projects.

£185 million devolved formula capital funding has been allocated direct to all taxpayer-funded schools based on a national formula of £4,000 per school and a per pupil sum which is weighted for the type of pupil: £11.25/16.875/33.75 for primary/secondary/SEN pupils. Allocations at local authority level are indicative and will be adjusted in line with end-of-year pupil figures in maintained schools.

All these programmes will be delivered as capital grant.

Allocations for 2012-13 until 2014-15 will be informed by the outcome of the capital review, which will be published in early 2011. While the allocation and management for these programmes may change to reflect the recommendations of the review, it is expected that the funding available for basic need and capital maintenance of schools will be roughly in line with the funding for 2011-12.

Read the written ministerial statement.