Less cash for repairs, more for new pupils in Exeter
FUNDING to repair and maintain council-run schools in Devon is being cut.
But the county is among the winners in securing extra cash to provide new pupil places after a government revamp to make the way money is shared out "more fair".
The amount the education authority will get for the upkeep of its school buildings is to be reduced in the coming year, compared to 2012/13, by more than £700,000 to £12.8m.
However, this figure does not include cash going directly to the growing number of schools which have opted out of council control, known as academies, which could account for the fall.
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But the county is to get an increase in funding for additional school places, which goes to the education authority as it is responsible for ensuring there is sufficient room locally to meet demand. Devon is to receive £10.4m over the next two years, which equates to £5.2m in 2013/14 and 2014/15.
This is compared to £4.8m in the current year. Education Secretary Michael Gove said: "Some local authorities will see their funding go up, while others will see levels go down."