To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) amount and (b) proportion of the capital funding budget for new school places was allocated to free schools in each of the last five years.
14 September 2015
The Department has an overall capital settlement from which we fund the creation of new school places, the maintenance of the school estate, and system reform. In recent years we have funded five programmes that have in some way supported the creation of new places. When setting budgets we assess the requirements for each of these programmes which vary from year-to-year depending on, for example, demographic changes or the pace and price of construction. The table below shows the amount we have spent on or budgeted for each of these programmes over the last five years:
(All values £m)
Targeted Basic Need
Demographic Growth Capital Fund
Priority Schools Building Programme