To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 106098, how much of his Department's budget allocated to 16 to 19-year old education was reallocated to other budgets in the financial year 2017-18.
4 September 2018
Budgets for 16 to 19 year old education are set according to the established 16 to 19 funding formula, which uses student number estimates. As in 2015-16 and 2016-17, student numbers and associated costs were lower in 2017-18 than these estimates. This resulted in lower spending by £8.5 million, representing 0.15 per cent of the budget, which was available for reallocation.
Due to the fact that the reduction in spending was as a result of fewer students than forecasted, it did not affect funding per student.