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Cabinet Decision: 20th April 2006
Title of Item/Report
Education Capital Building Programme 2006/2007
Record of the Decision
Cabinet considered a report regarding the known Education Capital Programme for the 2006/07 financial year.

Members were informed that funding was recorded under three main headings. Formula allocations from Government for the modernisation and renewal of school buildings were based partly on the number of pupils in the Council’s schools and partly on the capital needs of school buildings as recorded in the education Asset Management Plan. Funds were required to be spent on priority projects determined in consultation with schools through the Asset Management Plan process. The Targeted Capital Fund was a project-specific Government funding stream to support major projects that could not be funded from formulaic allocations. Finally, with the agreement of the Schools Asset Management Group and the Schools Forum, the capital programme was augmented with a contribution from the Education revenue budget.

Members noted the DfES allocations of SCE Ž, Supported Capital
Expenditure (Revenue), previously called Credit Approval and SCEŠ, Supported Capital Expenditure, previously called Capital Grant for the financial year 2006/2007:-

L.A. Formulaic Allocation
Modernisation £ 800,334 SCEŠ
Modernisation £1,731,361 SCEŽ
Schools Access Initiative £ 299,106 SCEŽ
Schools Devolved Formula Capital £2,776,513 SCEŠ

Total LA Formulaic Allocation £5, 607, 314

It was explained that formula allocations to Local Authorities were based partly on the number of pupils in the Council’s schools and partly on the capital needs of school buildings as recorded in the education Asset Management Plan. Funds had to be spent on priority projects determined in consultation with schools through the Asset Management Plan process.

Schools’ Devolved Formula Capital was included in the overall education capital programme, but those funds had to be devolved directly to schools to enable them to meet their own AMP priorities.

Targeted Capital Fund

Billingham Campus 3rd year £305,000 SCEŽ
Grangefield 3rd year £182,300 SCEŽ
Roseworth/Redbrook 1st year £835,825 SCEŠ

Total TCF £1,323,125

Targeted Capital Fund was a bid-driven allocation from the DfES for high priority projects that could not be funded from formulaic allocations. The Authority/school had to contribute 20% to project costs.

Details of the Revenue contributions to the Capital Programme were provided.

Planned Maintenance £985,352 Revenue
Small Minor Works £100,000 Revenue
LEA Disabled Access £ 25,000 Revenue
Grounds Maintenance £ 20,000 Revenue

Total Revenue Contributions £1,130,352

1. Specialist Schools Funding

The Norton School ( Humanities) £100,000 SCEŠ

2. Capital Receipt (Income)

Sale of The Dene land £1,100,000

Total Education Capital Programme £9,260,791

As an appendix to the report Members were provided with details of the schemes already identified for inclusion within the programme of works.
Reasons for the Decision
To approve the Education Capital Programme and include in the Borough’s Capital Programme to enable schemes of planned replacement and improvement works to be carried out at Education establishments.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
None
Declared (Cabinet Member) Conflicts of Interest
Councillors Mrs Cains, Coleman, Gibson, Johnson, Kirton, Leonard, Nelson and Mrs O’Donnell each declared personal, non-prejudicial interests in respect of this item as a result of their role on the School Governing Bodies of schools affected by the Education Capital Programme.
Details of any Dispensations
None
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
By no later than midnight on Friday, 28 April 2006.

Attachment

Date of Publication: 25 April 2006


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