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Primary and secondary school funding: FOI release

Published: 22 Feb 2018

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/00347
Date received: 6 February 2018
Date responded: 20 February 2018

Information requested

The information regarding cuts made to funding for public Scottish schools from 2010 – 2018. This applies to both primary and secondary schools.


Please find attached information that the Scottish Government holds on total gross revenue expenditure reported by local authorities on primary and secondary education, sourced from the Scottish Government's Local Financial Return. The series runs from 2009-10 to 2015-16 as this is the most recent year out-turn data is available for.

Scottish Government's policy towards local authorities' spending is to allow local authorities the financial freedom to operate independently. It is the responsibility of individual local authorities to manage their own budgets and to allocate the total financial resources available to them on the basis of local needs and priorities.

This table is derived from the Local Government Finance Statistics annual publications, which can be found here, within Annex A for each year:

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
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22 Feb 2018
Primary and secondary school funding: FOI release