All Local Authorities (LAs) are required under
section 251 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning
Act 2009 to prepare and submit an education and children’s social
care budget statement before the beginning of each financial year.
After the end of each financial year they are required to prepare
an outturn statement.
Regulatory provisions directly affecting the
education content of section 251 budget and outturn statements are
also made in the School Finance (England) Regulations.
It is a statutory duty that LAs must publish
their budget and outturn statements as and when prescribed in the
administrative Direction issued by the Secretary of State for
It is important that schools forums and others
can compare funding and methodology between different LAs, so as to
inform debate about budget levels and such issues as the balance of
funding between early years, primary (reception +), secondary
and special schools and therefore all statements are prepared to a
Link to Budget
Link to Outturn