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Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the reasons were for the amount allocated to Herefordshire for the school funding settlement for 2008-09 to 2010-11; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) when he decided the school funding settlement for 2008-09 to 2010-11; what consideration he gave to rural factors; what rural factors he takes into account; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: Herefordshire local authority will receive a basic increase per pupil in their allocation of dedicated schools grant (DSG) of 3.1 per cent. for 2008-09, and 2.9 per cent. for 2009-10 and 2010-11, together with funding for the following ministerial priorities: personalised learning and SEN; and bringing the authority up to the level of the funding formula in 2005-06. This results in increases of 4.7 per cent. 3.9 per cent. and 4.5 per cent. per pupil, and an above average increase of 13.6 per cent. for the three year period as a whole. Further details of the calculation of Herefordshire's DSG allocations can be found at:
The starting point for the calculation of Herefordshire's 2008-09 DSG allocation is its DSG guaranteed unit of funding per pupil, which in turn depends on the amount the authority budgeted to spend in 2005-06. This was closely related to the schools formula spending share (FSS) calculation, which took account of the needs of rural authorities through an addition for pupils in primary schools: this recognised the additional costs faced by rural authorities in keeping open more small primary schools than other authorities.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much deprivation-related school funding was (a) allocated by his Department and (b) passed on by local authorities in each local authority area in the latest year for which information is available. 
Jim Knight: The following table sets out the amount of deprivation funding in each local authority's indicative allocation of Dedicated Schools Grant in percentage terms for 2007-08. We have asked all local authorities to set out how much of this funding they currently pass on to schools through factors for social deprivation in their funding formulae for schools, and we are currently quality assuring their responses: we expect to publish this information in the new year.
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