Guidance

Basic need allocations

Basic need capital funding allocated to each local authority to create new places from 2011 to 2022.

Documents

Basic need allocations for 2022 and funding for 2011 to 2022

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Basic need allocations for 2022 and funding for 2011 to 2022

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Basic need grant determination

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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.

The allocations announced in 2020 will allow local authorities to create the new school places they need by September 2022.

‘Capital funding for school places by 2022: 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 2022: 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.

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.

‘Basic need grant determination’ sets out the conditions of the grant for payments in the 2020 to 2021 financial year. The Secretary of State for Education makes grant determinations under section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003.

Published 17 March 2016
Last updated 29 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Minor changes to explanatory note and funding spreadsheets, and 2019 to 2020 grant determination document replaced by 2020 to 2021 version.

  2. Updated basic need allocations, explanatory note and quality assurance note for 2022.

  3. Added the grant determination setting out the conditions of the grant and payments in the 2019 to 2020 financial year.

  4. Replaced 'Basic need allocations for 2021 and funding for 2011 to 2021' with updated versions.

  5. Replaced all attachments except 'Presumption basic need grant explanatory note' with updated versions.

  6. Attached updated version of 'Presumption basic need grant explanatory note'.

  7. 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.

  8. Updated footnotes in spreadsheets.

  9. Documents updated to reflect funding allocations adjustment as part of the annual update.

  10. 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.

  11. Updated all documents to reflect the final capacity of free schools due to open in September 2016.

  12. First published.