Under Section 251 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009, local authorities are required to submit statements on the planned and expected expenditure of local authority education and children’s social care functions. Statements are submitted annually, and the latest statement published for 2012-13 covers the period 1st April 2012 – 31st March 2013.

The Department for Education publishes the budget statements, along with summary statistics and benchmarking tables, which enable comparisons to be made between local authorities. This document summarises some key observations from a review of the published Section 251 Budget data, focussing particularly on the area of Services for Young People.

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