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Special Educational Needs: Finance

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding was allocated to primary schools in (a) West Chelmsford constituency, (b) the Chelmsford local authority area and (c) England for children diagnosed with specific learning difficulties in 2008-09; and how much funding was allocated for special education schools operating in (i) West Chelmsford constituency, (ii) the Chelmsford local authority area and (iii) England in 2008-09. [261805]

Jim Knight: Funding data specifically for children diagnosed with specific learning difficulties are not collected by the Department. However, according to the available information, Essex local authority's 2008-09 budget statement reports that maintained special schools planned expenditure in West Chelmsford was £3.4 million and maintained primary schools received an indicative special educational needs allocation of £2.2 million.

The following table provides the planned net expenditure on the provision of education for pupils with special educational needs in Essex local authority and England for 2008-09:


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£

Essex LA England

ISB for special schools (Table 1)

28,406,000

1,505,416,000

Funding delegated to nursery schools identified as “notional SEN”

15,000

11,660,000

Funding delegated to primary schools identified as “notional SEN”

32,756,000

1,152,319,000

Funding delegated to secondary schools identified as “notional SEN”

27,572,000

879,151,000

Total SEN funding delegated to schools

88,748,000

3,548,546,000

Centrally retained SEN element of the school budget

31,921,000

1,185,141,000

SEN element of the LA budget

5,332,000

365,229,000

Total planned expenditure on the education of children with SEN

126,001,000

5,098,916,000

Notes:
1. Includes planned expenditure on the provision for pupils with statements and the provision for non-statemented pupils with SEN, support for inclusion, inter authority recoupment, fees for pupils at independent special schools and abroad, educational psychology service, local authority functions in relation to child protection, therapies and other health related services, parent partnership, guidance and information, the monitoring of SEN provision and inclusion administration, assessment and co-ordination. Also included is the funding delegated to nursery, primary and secondary schools identified as “notional SEN” and the individual schools budget (ISB) for special schools.
2. The ISB for special schools will include some general education costs for pupils with SEN in addition to those costs specifically for SEN while the figures recorded against “notional SEN” are only indicative of the amount that might by spent by schools on SEN. During 2008-09 local authorities in England also budgeted £552.6 million for SEN transport expenditure but this is not included in the above table (Essex LA budgeted £13.3 million for SEN transport expenditure).
3. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand pounds and may not sum due to rounding.
4. The data are drawn from local authorities Children, Schools and Families Financial Data Collection (Budget) submitted to the DCSF.
5. Cash terms figures as reported by local authorities as at 5 March 2009.

Special Educational Needs: Private Sector

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, columns 2116-7W, on special educational needs: private sector, how many of the schools referred to in each year were located in each local authority area. [260823]

Jim Knight: The information requested has been placed in the House Libraries.

Teachers: Pay

Colin Burgon: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1711W, on teachers' pay, if he will (a) publish the findings of the Local Government Employers' survey of local authorities on the number of teachers who have lost pay as a result of the ending of safeguarding for management allowances; and (b) estimate the amount removed from the overall teachers' pay bill as a result of the ending of the safeguarding. [263966]

Jim Knight: We do not hold such results centrally as the Local Government Employers contacted a sample of local authorities to estimate the number of teachers who would be affected by the ending of safeguarding payments for management allowances. Our previous reply reported that the sample survey indicated that between 2 per cent. and 4 per cent. of teachers may have been affected by the ending of the safeguarding period.

We do not collect data on the amount that will be removed from the overall teachers' pay bill as a result of the ending of this safeguarding. Schools have been planning for this since the withdrawal of management
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allowances on 31 December 2005 and the subsequent introduction of Teaching and Learning Responsibility payments with the requirement to review the school's staffing structure. It is for schools to determine how best to utilise any savings made as a result of the expiry of the safeguarding period. Local authorities have already set indicative school budgets for 2009-10 and 2010-11 in addition to budgets for 2008-09.

Teachers: Training

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average A level grades required for admission to a Bachelor of Education course were in the latest year for which information is available; what the lowest A level grades required for admission to such a course are; and if he will make a statement. [260997]

Jim Knight: The A level requirements which universities and colleges are asking for entry to Bachelor of Education courses for 2009 entry are as follows:

Young People: Mental Health Services

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average waiting time for help from children and adolescent mental health support services was in each local authority area in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [262589]

Beverley Hughes: The report of the independent review of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), “Children and Young people in Mind”, stated that there had been a 14 per cent. fall between 2005 and 2007 in the number of children and young people waiting to be seen by CAMHS, with shorter waiting times. Information is not collected, however, in the form requested. The annual CAMHS and Maternity Services mapping exercise conducted by Durham university for the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department of Health provides information on waiting times for CAMHS by strategic health authority and NHS provider. This information is available at the Child Health, CAMHS and Maternity Mapping website at:

Youth Clubs

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has (a) spent and (b) allocated to spend on youth centres during the financial years (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10. [263184]

Beverley Hughes: In addition to that spent by local authorities from within their own budgets, the DCSF has committed £240 million in 2008-09 to 62 world class ‘myplace’ youth facilities across England with a further £32 million to be committed through ‘myplace’ in 2009-11. The Department has also committed £22.6 million in 2008-09 through the Youth Capital Fund Plus to deliver
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over 100 improved youth facilities in neighbourhoods with high rates of antisocial behaviour and crime in the 50 most deprived local authorities. £26.5 million capital investment per annum is also being made in both 2008-09 and in 2009-10 through the Youth Capital Fund to support the provision of positive activities in all areas of the country.

Communities and Local Government

Bye Laws

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to publish the Government’s formal response to the consultation in respect of the enforcement of local government byelaws. [262734]

John Healey: The Department intends to publish the Government’s response to the consultation on the making and enforcement of byelaws by the end of March.

Council Housing: Rents

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 March 2009, Official Report, columns 71-2WS, on local authority rents, what requirements local authorities must meet to be eligible for additional funding from central Government. [263039]


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Mr. Iain Wright: Communities and Local Government wrote to local authorities on 11 March with further information following my right hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Planning's announcement of 6 March that we would be halving the 2009-10 national average guideline rent increase from 6.2 per cent. to 3.1 per cent. in recognition of the current difficult economic conditions. We are prepared to change the subsidy position of those authorities who reduce their actual average increase in rents in 2009-10 in line with the new national average.

Details of the arrangements are set out in our letter, and I have arranged for a copy to be placed in the Library of the House.

Council Tax: Second Homes

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties were registered as second homes for council tax purposes in each county in each year since the introduction of council tax; and what the year-on-year percentage change was in each case. [262771]

John Healey: For details of the number of properties registered as second homes, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Mr. Wright) on 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 543-4W.

Details of the corresponding year-on-year percentage changes are shown in the following table.


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Percentage change in the number of second homes in each county in England
Percentage change

November 2004 to October 2005 October 2005 to October 2006 October 2006 to October 2007 October 2007 to October 2008

Bedfordshire

14.3

54.1

-11.3

1.7

Buckinghamshire

-4.9

1.7

1.9

6.3

Cambridgeshire

3.6

-7.5

-1.4

1.0

Cheshire

13.7

20.6

19.8

2.0

Cornwall

-2.1

-1.4

1.2

3.0

Cumbria

0.5

5.9

-3.4

1.4

Derbyshire

-1.8

2.0

-3.4

9.4

Devon

-1.4

-3.9

-2.7

-0.2

Dorset

3.4

-0.7

-1.3

2.9

Durham

22.7

-23.0

15.0

-1.0

East Sussex

-1.6

-2.7

-1.8

-0.4

Essex

-3.4

7.2

0.8

-3.5

Gloucestershire

-2.4

-0.3

3.1

2.1

Hampshire

6.8

-3.8

0.1

3.3

Hertfordshire

17.4

-2.4

3.1

4.1

Kent

-7.2

-3.1

-3.3

32.5

Lancashire

10.7

-7.7

-2.3

0.1

Leicestershire

22.6

24.5

-5.3

-7.6

Lincolnshire

5.5

-4.9

-10.3

-0.8

Norfolk

3.6

-0.7

-0.8

2.1

North Yorkshire

5.0

0.5

0.0

4.7

Northamptonshire

-9.1

-0.3

-2.5

1.3

Northumberland

1.4

-0.2

-1.1

4.3

Nottinghamshire

29.7

7.1

1.3

6.1

Oxfordshire

-0.9

2.3

8.9

-5.4

Shropshire

3.3

-1.4

-2.8

1.1

Somerset

-1.1

-1.6

-3.6

1.3

Staffordshire

6.3

-1.4

-0.4

1.9

Suffolk

-0.5

-1.4

0.9

1.3

Surrey

15.7

-11.4

-5.5

4.4

Warwickshire

1.6

75.2

5.7

-0.8

West Sussex

8.9

-0.4

-2.0

1.4

Wiltshire

8.1

10.9

-1.7

-1.0

Worcestershire

-5.9

-1.5

-0.7

4.6

Source:
CTB forms submitted annually by local authorities

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