Freedom of information response

Local Authority Funding for early years

Publication date: 
Tuesday 10 December 2019
Request: 

Financial year 2018/19

Please provide information about whether any contingency was planned in the Early Years Block for the Financial Year 2018/19 including the amount of any contingency planned.

Please provide information about any underspend in the early years block for three and four-year-old places in 2018/19 and the amount of any underspend.

Please provide information about any overspend in the early years block for three and four-year-old places in 2018/19 and the amount of any overspend.

Please provide information about agreed actions relating to any underspend in the early years block for three and four-year-old places in 2018/19.

Please provide information about agreed actions relating to any overspend in the early years block for three and four-year-old places in 2018/19.

Financial year 2019/20

Please provide information about whether any contingency was planned in the Early Years Block for the Financial Year 2019/20 including the amount of any contingency planned.

Please provide information on what calculations were made in planning this contingency budget.

Please provide information about any plans for any remaining unspent contingency budget at the end of the financial year.

Response: 

As part of the budget process for 2018/19 and 2019/20 no contingency fund is held for early years funding.

The information below is for the combined Dedicated Schools Grant Early Years funding allocation. 

In 2018/19 the final reported outturn position was a deficit of £0.011m. This sum was after an accrual was raised for £0.250m, reflecting increase in payments made to providers and projected increase in Dedicated Schools Grant to be received, once updated for the Early Years January 2019 census.

The final value received was an increase of £0.373m. After taking account of the accrual this realised an unallocated sum of £0.123m to be received in 2019/20.

In 2019/20 the updated Early Years allocation is an increase of £0.639m. This has been allocated to payment to providers reflecting the increase in early years take up. The projected outturn for 2019/20 is £0.167m, including the £0.123m above.

At the June meeting of Thurrock’s Schools Forum it was agreed that the £0.123m would be considered as part of the 2020/21 budget planning framework. A priority for Thurrock, subject to additional funding being available, was to review the deprivation quantum and formula that targets funds to providers.

To discuss options for 2020/21, including the £0.167m carried forward, meetings are scheduled to be held with early year’s providers in December 2019 and January 2020.

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Request reference:
FOI 9570