Total schools budgeted expenditure per pupil
This amount includes the money retained by the local authority for central funding.
2020–21 - £6208 per pupil (2019–20 = £5653, 2018–19 = £5573)
Increase of 9.8% compared to 1.4% the previous year
Ranked 12th for funding per pupil from Welsh Government for schools budgets, up from 17th the previous year.
% rate of delegation to schools
"In 2012, local government committed to a target set them by the Welsh Government to delegate 85% of all school funding directly to schools by 2014–15." (School Funding in Wales: Research Briefing, August 2018)
Rate of delegation in Carmarthenshire in 2020–21 = 81.1% (2019–20 = 81.6%) 19th highest in Wales, down from 18th in 2019–20
Rate excluding home to school transport in 2020–21 = 86.1% (2019-20 = 87%) 14th highest in Wales, up from 15th in 2019–20
How has this changed over time? How does Carmarthenshire compare to other local authorities?
Per pupil funding of schools in Carmarthenshire
We have mapped delegated per pupil funding for primary schools and secondary schools across Wales. The colours refer to Welsh averages. Purple indicates a school which receives funding in the top 25% per pupil, grey, the middle 50% and red, the bottom 25%.
Changes in the average delegated school budget per pupil, 2012–20
Ranks 19th in 2019–20 for average delegated school budget per pupil for all school types.
Ranks 18th in 2019–20 for average delegated school budget per pupil for primary schools.
Ranks 15th in 2019–20 for average delegated school budget per pupil for secondary schools.
School reserves in Carmarthenshire
The map shows which schools retain reserves within statutory limits (in black) and above statutory limits (in yellow). The statutory limits are £50,000 for a primary school and £100,000 for a secondary school. It also shows which schools are in deficit (in red). All figures are for the end of the financial year 2018–2019. Use the menu on the top left to choose type of school, and hover over a school marker to find out how much money is involved.
How have financial reserves in Carmarthenshire changed since 2016–17
Of Carmarthenshire's 95 primary schools, 36 ended 2018–19 in deficit. The average reserves per pupil across Carmarthenshire's primary schools is now £8.54, the lowest in Wales. There has been a sharp decline in the financial situation over the past three years.
Carmarthenshire's secondary school sector has gone into deficit in the past year to a level of £-66.70 per pupil (17th in Wales). Half of their 12 secondary schools ended 2018–19 in deficit.
One of Carmarthenshire's special schools is in surplus, one in deficit. Overall the sector is in surplus in Carmarthenshire, and has an average per pupil surplus of £2191 which is the 4th highest in Wales.