This page contains links to information to help local authorities prepare and submit annual budget and outturn statements about their planned and actual spending to the Secretary of State.
The statements cover spending for education and children’s social care functions as required under section 251.
Section 251 replaces section 52 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 in England. Section 52 still applies in Wales.
The statements are the primary means of informing schools and the public about local authority funding and spending plans. They provide detailed information in a form that allows benchmarking by schools forums and authorities.
Section 251 queries
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Section 251: 2023 to 2024
This guidance contains information for local authorities, schools and the general public about local authority education funding and expenditure plans for 2023 to 2024.