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To ask the Scottish Government how much has beenspent (a) overall and (b) on average per pupil on additional support for learning education in each of the last five years, and what percentage of the overall education budget this represents, also broken down by local authority.


Answered by John Swinney (24/04/2017):

Data detailing spending on additional support for learning is collected from local authorities via the Local Financial Returns (LFR). There are four years of data available on spending for additional support for learning, from 2012-13 to 2015-16.

There are issues around the quality of the data on spending on additional support for learning at a local authority level. Work is on-going to improve the consistency of the data that is returned. However this means that making comparisons between local authorities and between years should be done with care.

Table 1 shows gross revenue expenditure on additional support for learning education from 2012-13 to 2015-16.

Table 1 - Additional Support for Learning (£000s)

 

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

All Local Authorities

503,338

555,823

578,607

583,596

Aberdeen City

28,657

12,239

20,739

21,524

Aberdeenshire

25,619

28,938

30,726

31,861

Angus

2,890

2,858

2,658

906

Argyll & Bute

8,797

8,963

9,035

8,873

Clackmannanshire

5,714

6,332

7,030

6,742

Dumfries & Galloway

15,186

14,408

14,477

14,563

Dundee City

11,840

12,488

13,545

13,667

East Ayrshire

11,000

11,282

11,051

10,162

East Dunbartonshire

11,739

12,483

12,976

12,095

East Lothian

12,553

12,918

12,792

12,517

East Renfrewshire

11,202

11,657

11,804

11,784

Edinburgh, City of

27,853

36,405

39,161

39,101

Eilean Siar

4,961

5,167

4,772

4,791

Falkirk

19,019

18,327

18,822

18,965

Fife

24,712

27,305

28,823

30,843

Glasgow City

93,094

89,751

90,487

89,276

Highland

29,270

36,947

36,464

39,529

Inverclyde

8,724

9,057

8,573

8,644

Midlothian

11,893

11,642

12,896

13,292

Moray

10,639

10,567

10,859

11,398

North Ayrshire

-

10,065

10,767

10,067

North Lanarkshire

38,706

39,570

40,514

39,589

Orkney Islands

1,351

3,046

3,469

3,727

Perth & Kinross

1,244

14,366

14,737

14,518

Renfrewshire

20,320

21,367

21,988

22,847

Scottish Borders

914

3,435

3,887

3,625

Shetland Islands

-

5,075

4,938

5,032

South Ayrshire

1,837

11,731

12,670

13,122

South Lanarkshire

31,825

32,413

33,061

34,670

Stirling

4,664

4,730

5,858

4,978

West Dunbartonshire

10,438

12,377

11,140

12,914

West Lothian

16,677

17,914

17,888

17,974

Source: Local Financial Returns – Education (LFR 1) statistical return provided by local authorities to the Scottish Government.

Table 2 shows the percentage of total gross revenue expenditure on education by local authorities which is accounted for by spending on additional support for learning.

Table 2 - Percentage of total education spending on additional support for learning

 

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

All Local Authorities

11%

12%

12%

12%

Aberdeen City

18%

7%

12%

12%

Aberdeenshire

11%

12%

12%

12%

Angus

3%

3%

3%

1%

Argyll & Bute

9%

9%

9%

9%

Clackmannanshire

12%

13%

14%

14%

Dumfries & Galloway

11%

10%

10%

10%

Dundee City

9%

9%

10%

10%

East Ayrshire

10%

10%

10%

8%

East Dunbartonshire

11%

11%

12%

11%

East Lothian

14%

15%

15%

14%

East Renfrewshire

10%

11%

11%

11%

Edinburgh, City of

9%

11%

12%

12%

Eilean Siar

11%

10%

11%

11%

Falkirk

14%

13%

13%

12%

Fife

8%

8%

9%

9%

Glasgow City

19%

19%

19%

18%

Highland

12%

14%

15%

16%

Inverclyde

12%

12%

11%

11%

Midlothian

14%

14%

15%

15%

Moray

13%

13%

13%

14%

North Ayrshire

0%

8%

8%

7%

North Lanarkshire

11%

12%

12%

12%

Orkney Islands

5%

11%

11%

12%

Perth & Kinross

1%

11%

11%

10%

Renfrewshire

14%

15%

15%

15%

Scottish Borders

1%

3%

4%

3%

Shetland Islands

0%

12%

12%

12%

South Ayrshire

2%

12%

12%

13%

South Lanarkshire

11%

11%

12%

12%

Stirling

5%

5%

6%

5%

West Dunbartonshire

11%

13%

12%

13%

West Lothian

10%

10%

10%

10%

Source: Local Financial Returns – Education (LFR 1) statistical return provided by local authorities to the Scottish Government.

Table 3 shows the average per-pupil spending on additional support for learning by local authority. This data shows gross revenue expenditure on additional support for learning in primary, secondary and special education from the local financial returns, divided by the number of pupils identified as having additional support needs in the pupil census during that year.

Table 3 - Additional support for learning spending per pupil (£s)

 

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

All local Authorities

4,276

4,234

4,127

3,817

Aberdeen City

11,975

4,513

7,765

6,092

Aberdeenshire

2,545

2,736

2,690

2,538

Angus

1,978

1,921

1,644

572

Argyll & Bute

5,112

4,933

4,745

4,380

Clackmannanshire

4,750

3,955

4,326

4,008

Dumfries & Galloway

3,855

3,267

3,089

2,932

Dundee City

5,161

5,208

5,446

4,528

East Ayrshire

3,717

3,607

3,436

2,815

East Dunbartonshire

5,501

4,243

4,123

3,582

East Lothian

4,726

4,375

4,344

4,279

East Renfrewshire

4,269

4,550

4,180

4,036

Edinburgh, City of

3,275

3,875

4,015

3,472

Eilean Siar

4,873

5,349

4,519

4,336

Falkirk

8,042

6,270

5,733

5,420

Fife

3,743

3,962

4,097

3,697

Glasgow City

4,323

4,210

4,308

4,532

Highland

4,378

5,091

4,902

3,821

Inverclyde

4,404

4,168

3,592

3,360

Midlothian

8,288

6,331

5,767

4,860

Moray

6,146

4,432

3,953

3,565

North Ayrshire

-

2,534

2,303

2,053

North Lanarkshire

11,216

10,989

10,801

10,074

Orkney Islands

2,681

5,279

5,595

5,309

Perth & Kinross

271

2,819

2,648

2,485

Renfrewshire

11,134

6,595

6,623

6,834

Scottish Borders

520

1,363

1,073

876

Shetland Islands

-

7,485

7,054

6,683

South Ayrshire

475

3,962

7,560

8,026

South Lanarkshire

9,629

5,158

4,026

3,799

Stirling

2,854

1,679

1,948

1,607

West Dunbartonshire

2,342

2,708

2,436

2,946

West Lothian

5,665

5,555

3,575

2,962

Sources:

1. Local Financial Returns – Education (LFR 1) statistical return provided by local authorities to the Scottish Government.

2. Pupil Census – published annually - for further details go to; http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/School-Education/dspupcensus


Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 24/04/2017