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Bucks' proposed school budget exceeds earlier draft

Bucks' proposed school budget exceeds earlier draft

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 1:15pm 21st January 2020.

The 2020-21 budget for Buckinghamshire's schools is under the microscope today.

The proposed budget will see schools receive over 21 million pounds more than the previous year. 

This is even more than was predicted in an earlier budget draft from October 2019.

Despite an increase of £7.5 million in funding the High Needs budget is expected to see an overspend of 5.7 million.

BCC say this is because of an increase in pupil numbers who need support, and the complexity of children's needs.

One document shows a school comparison for funding, where the public are able to look at the proposed budget for this year against last years.

This shows schools like Bedgrove Junior school receiving less funding than previous years.

Early years funding will receive an increase in funding though, with its hourly rate per child going up 8p. 

When it comes to early years funding, local authorities are expected to pass at least 95% of their 3 and 4 year old funding from the Government to early years providers. 

Bucks will continue to do this, which allows for providers to deliver free entitlements.

The Schools Forum will look over the plan for the upcoming year today, ahead of a final budget in March.

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