Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Approval of the mainstream schools budget
shares for Hammersmith and Fulham Schools in the financial year
2022/23 (April 2022 to March 2023).
Budget proposals were developed in Autumn 2021 in consultation with schools and Schools Forum. The Council approval of the schools budget 2022/23 follows approval by Schools Forum on 18th January 2022 and submission of the Authority Proforma Tool budget sheet to the Department of Education on 21st January 2022.
1. Schools Block Budget 2022/23 Financial Year:
a. To approve the Local Authority formula for allocating resources to Hammersmith & Fulham schools for 2022/23 as set out in Appendix 1, the Authority Proforma Tool (APT) for setting school budgets.
b. To approve the National Funding Formula (NFF) transitional funding formula factor rates (as set out in Appendix 1) as the basis for calculating the 2022/23 schools funding formula, together with a 1.5% per pupil Minimum Funding Guarantee (MFG) protection for individual schools versus 2021/22 levels with respect to pupil led funding.
c. To approve the transfer of £0.556m (0.5% of the total schools' block allocation) from the schools' block to the high needs block in the 2022/23 financial year. This is to support high needs education expenditure for special educational needs in Hammersmith and Fulham.
d. To approve the proposal to top-slice the 2022/23 Schools Block to the value of £0.200m or 0.18% of the total for the Falling Rolls protection fund in 2022/23. Allocations to mainstream schools from the agreed fund would be agreed by a sub-group of the Schools Forum.
e. To approve de-delegation budgets of £0.666m for maintained mainstream schools only.
f. To approve the education functions budgets of £0.258m for maintained mainstream schools only, as confirmed by Schools Forum on 18th January 2022.
2. Central Services Schools Block Budget 2022/23
a. To approve the proposed budget allocation for Central Services Schools Block DSG totalling £2.817m.
3. Early Years Block Budget 2022/23
a. To approve the 2022/23 draft budget of £15.173m for 3- and 4-year-olds in line with grant conditions, including the proposed distribution of an increase in the hourly Base Rate paid to providers from £6.26 to £6.39 and the high level central Early Years budget of £0.759m.
4. High Needs Block Expenditure 2022/23
a. To note the significantly increased funding allocation for High Needs and special educational needs education in 2022/23, planned expenditure by category and commissioned places with special education providers in 2022/23.
Report author: Tony Burton
Publication date: 08/03/2022
Date of decision: 07/03/2022
Decided at meeting: 07/03/2022 - Cabinet
Effective from: 11/03/2022