To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the level of funding was for 16 to 19 education in (a) the North West b) Merseyside and c) Wirral in each of the last eight years.
25 October 2018
16 to 19 funding for all institutions including those in the North West, Merseyside and the Wirral is shown in the published allocations for each year, and allocations for the last 6 years from the period 2013 to 2014 onwards is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/16-to-19-education-funding-allocations#published-allocations.
Allocations for previous years are also available at the following link:
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140107132325/https://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/executiveagencies/efa/funding/fundinga/b00204972/16-19-allocations. However, they cannot be directly compared on a like for like basis with later years as the funding system changed in 2013.
We have protected the base rate of funding for 16 to 19 year olds for all types of providers until the end of the current spending review period in 2020. As with other areas of departmental spending, 16 to 19 funding for subsequent years will be agreed as part of the next Spending Review.
All 16 to 19 providers, including those in the North West, have a vital role to play in making sure young people have the skills they need. Our commitment to the 16 to 19 sector across England has contributed to the current record high proportion of 16 and 17 year olds who are participating in education or apprenticeships.
We are currently considering the efficiency and resilience of the further education sector and assessing how far existing funding and regulatory structures meet the costs of delivering quality further education. We will continue to look carefully at funding for the sector in preparation for the next Spending Review.