Links: Public Accounts Committee on how funding is allocated

From the BBC:

“Under the system of formula-based grants, funding given to schools with similar needs could vary by up to 40%, the Public Accounts Committee said.

“The data used to calculate awards was often out of date, its report found.

“Ministers are reviewing the grants, with a new system for councils designed to give them more financial autonomy.

“But the cross-party Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises government spending, said the three principal mechanisms for doing so – Primary Care Trust Allocations, Dedicated Schools Grant and Local Government Formula Grant – had serious weaknesses.”

There’s some useful information there for anyone who wants to start a ‘Follow The Money’ series of posts on how funding is allocated…

About Paul Bradshaw

Founder of Help Me Investigate. I'm a visiting professor at City University London's School of Journalism, and run an MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University. I publish the Online Journalism Blog, and am the co-author of the Online Journalism Handbook and Magazine Editing (3rd edition). I have a particular interest in Freedom of Information and data journalism.
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