Basic need allocations

How much basic need funding local authorities receive during the financial years 2011 to 2020.


Basic need allocations for 2019 to 2020 and funding for 2011 to 2020

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Basic need funding is the money we give local authorities each year to help them fulfil their duty to make sure there are enough school places for children in their local area.

Funding for the financial year 2019 to 2020 will allow local authorities to create the new school places they need by September 2020.

‘Capital funding for school places 2019 to 2020: explanatory note on methodology’ explains how we calculated the funding for each local authority, using data from the school capacity survey.

‘Basic need allocations 2019 to 2020: quality assurance note’ explains the quality assurance processes we followed to calculate basic need allocations, and shows how these processes meet the guidelines in the Aqua Book guidance on quality assurance of government models.

Published 17 March 2016
Last updated 7 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated footnotes in spreadsheets.
  2. Documents updated to reflect funding allocations adjustment as part of the annual update.
  3. Updated basic need allocations to show 2019 to 2020 data and funding for 2011 to 2020. Also updated the 'explanatory note on methodology' and 'quality assurance note' documents for 2019 to 2020.
  4. Updated all documents to reflect the final capacity of free schools due to open in September 2016.
  5. First published.