Local authorities (LAs) are required to prepare and submit to the Secretary of State separate budget and output statements about their planned and actual expenditure for their education and children’s and young people’s services.
LAs must do this every year as outlined in Section 251 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009. 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 in general about LA funding and expenditure plans.
The statements give detailed information on each LA’s planned expenditure on their education and children’s and young people’s services in a form that allows benchmarking, by school forums and authorities.
If you have any questions about Section 251 budget workbooks, please contact EFA.