The Department for Education has set out its capital allocations for 2016 / 2017 for Strategic Capital Maintenance, Devolved Formula Capital and for the Locally Co-ordinated Voluntary Aided Programme (LCVAP). For Central Bedfordshire, they amounted to a total of £3,073,906.
For 2018 / 2019, the Basic Need grant which we utilise to fund the New School Places Programme, equals £3,551,684
Details of the specific funding streams are set out below.
The Basic Need allocation of £3,551,684 for 2018 / 19 is a 1 year allocation and is as a result of our data forecast return to the Education Funding Agency in 2015. This is one of the sources of capital funding that we utilise for the provision of new school places.
Strategic maintenance (local authority maintained schools)
We utilise this to fund our annual rolling programme of strategic capital maintenance in all community, voluntary controlled, foundation and trust schools. The DfE separately also provides an allocation to the Local Authority Co-ordinated Voluntary Aided Programme (LCVAP), which funds capital investment in voluntary aided schools.
In terms of the grant allocation for Strategic Capital Maintenance of £1,994,225, this reflects an ongoing reduction to reflect the anticipated numbers of pupils within the area who will be expected to be accommodated in academies.
Academies will continue to have access to separate, centrally-held funding through the EFA.
For 2016 / 17, based upon the highest priority maintenance needs of schools from previous and updated condition surveys, a strategic maintenance programme has been agreed and produced for community, voluntary controlled, foundation and trust schools.
Download the School Capital Maintenance Programme (PDF 31.9KB)
The separate allocation of capital funding for the VA sector through the Locally Controlled VA programme (LCVAP) is a grant allocation of £499,656. A panel of diocese and council representatives meet to consider and approve expenditure against this programme.
As in the past 4 years, there is the continuation of the shift away from support to individual schools to authority level allocations resulting in a similar level of schools DFC in 2016 / 17 as in 2015 / 2016. As with the strategic maintenance funding, the allocation of £482,841 is for local authority maintained schools only, £97,184 is for voluntary aided schools, and academies will receive their funding direct from the EFA.