Basic need allocations

Basic need capital funding allocated to each local authority to create new places from 2011 to 2021.



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.

The allocations announced in 2018 will allow local authorities to create the new school places they need by September 2021.

‘Capital funding for school places by 2021: explanatory note on methodology’ explains how we calculated the funding for each local authority, using data from the school capacity survey.

‘Basic need allocations for 2021: 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.

This funding has been allocated alongside a £50m fund for a targeted scheme to support the capital costs of building whole new secondary schools through the presumption free school route.

All local authorities have also been allocated additional capital funding to invest in provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities through the Special Provision Capital Fund.

Published 17 March 2016
Last updated 4 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Attached updated version of 'Presumption basic need grant explanatory note'.
  2. Updated basic need allocations to show 2020 to 2021 data and funding for 2011 to 2021. Updated the 'explanatory note on methodology' and 'quality assurance note' documents for 2020 to 2021. Added Presumption basic need grant explanatory note.
  3. Updated footnotes in spreadsheets.
  4. Documents updated to reflect funding allocations adjustment as part of the annual update.
  5. 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.
  6. Updated all documents to reflect the final capacity of free schools due to open in September 2016.
  7. First published.