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Replacing LACSEG with the Education Services Grant: Government response to the consultation on funding Academies and local authorities for the functions that devolve to Academies

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Department for Education
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Microsoft Word - Replacing LACSEG Government response 1 Replacing LACSEG with the Education Services Grant Government response to the consultation on funding Academies and local authorities for the functions that devolve to Academies 2 Introduction 1. The school funding system should be transparent, pupil-led and easy to understand. That is why, from 2013-14, the core funding for all schools and Academies will be allocated based on the needs of pupils using clear and consistent local funding formulae. This is the first step towards introducing a national funding formula. In parallel, we are reforming the way that local authorities and Academies are funded for education services. 2. The current funding arrangements, designed when there were far fewer Academies, can no longer support an increasingly autonomous school system following the growth in the number of Academies. On 17 July this year, the Government published a consultation document setting out proposals to make the system fairer, simpler and more transparent from 2013-14. 3. Academies are responsible for a range of education services, such as school improvement, audit and asset management, that local authorities perform on behalf of maintained schools. This gives Academies greater freedom to secure the right services for their pupils. Academies and local authorities should, therefore, receive money for these services for the pupils who are their responsibility. As key responsibilities transfer to Academies, an appropriate amount of funding should also transfer from local authorities. 4. Under the current arrangements, local authorities and Academies receive funding for these responsibilities separately via two different grants from Government. Local authorities receive money for these services from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) as part of their general revenue funding. This is paid

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