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National funding formula: the winners and losers by local authority area

The documents for the second stage of the government’s consultation on its proposed national funding formula have been published, and give a breakdown of indicative gains and losses for each local authority in England.

Based on a calculation of the percentage change in funding in the first year of the NFF in 2018/19, we can see that the biggest winners are cities like Derby, York and Plymouth, while more rural and coastal areas like Torbay, Somerset and Barnsley also do well.

Of the 20 local authorities facing the largest reduction, 11 are in London. Other areas which lose out include Manchester, Southend on Sea and Luton.

The government would want us to point out that these are indicative figures, based on current levels of school funding, and are subject to change pending the outcome of the consultation.

Here are the top 20 winners based on the percentage change in funding in year one of the NFF…

  1. Derby 2.7%
  2. York 2.4%
  3. Torbay 2.4%
  4. Somerset 2.4%
  5. Barnsley 2.4%
  6. Plymouth 2.3%
  7. Lincolnshire 2.3%
  8. Bracknell Forest 2.2%
  9. Bath and North East Somerset 2.2%
  10. Milton Keynes 2.2%
  11. Telford and Wrekin 2.2%
  12. Buckinghamshire 2.2%
  13. Redbridge 2.1%
  14. Bedford 2.1%
  15. Blackpool 2.1%
  16. Croydon 2.1%
  17. East Riding of Yorkshire 2.0%
  18. Merton 2.0%
  19. Knowsley 2.0%
  20. Bury 1.9%

And here are the top 20 losers based on the same factors…

  1. Hackney -1.4%
  2. Camden -1.4%
  3. Lambeth -1.4%
  4. Lewisham -1.4%
  5. Haringey -1.4%
  6. Newham -1.4%
  7. Manchester -1.4%
  8. Southwark -1.4%
  9. Tower Hamlets -1.4%
  10. Hammersmith and Fulham -1.4%
  11. Southend-on-Sea -1.3%
  12. Kensington and Chelsea -1.3%
  13. Luton -1.3%
  14. Cheshire West and Chester -1.3%
  15. Coventry -1.2%
  16. Birmingham -1.2%
  17. Nottingham -1.2%
  18. Kirklees -1.2%
  19. Slough -1.2%
  20. Waltham Forest -1.1%


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  1. Matthew Clements-Wheeler

    The headline figures hide those schools in ‘winning’ authorities who will probably lose funding as a result of the NFF factor-weighting. There are schools whose relative position locally will be made even worse who must be wondering right now how they are going to remain open beyond the next 12 months. 8.2% cost pressures, no more cash entering the system AND now an actual funding cut. Tough times ahead for the unlucky ones