To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of the revenue from the levy on the soft drinks industry was allocated to the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund in 2017-18; and how his Department plans to ensure that funding is not used for any shortfall in the schools budget.
16 October 2018
The Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF) is a one year fund of £100 million in 2018-19.
Existing mechanisms for school condition funding have been used to allocate the HPCF. Local authorities and large multi-academy trusts have received an allocation from the HPCF (£62 million). The funding can only be used for capital projects and responsible bodies are required to report on how they have spent their HPCF in the same way they report on, and alongside, their School Condition Allocation.
Single and small academy trusts and sixth-form colleges were able to bid for a share of £38 million of the HPCF through the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) in 2018-2019. All responsible bodies are required to sign up to terms and conditions which state that funding can only be spent on what was applied for before the first payment is released. Once underway, all CIF projects are required to submit regular monitoring reports to the department. At the end of the project, a final completion certificate is required before the final payment is released.