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School Budget Forum

All Councils are required to have a Schools Budget Forum in accordance with Section 47A of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 as inserted by the Education Act 2002 and The Schools Budget Forums (Wales) Regulations.


Councils are required to consult their schools forum annually on:

  • Revisions to its Scheme for Financing Schools
  • The likely effect of any changes to the funding formula
  • Contracts for supplies and services that exceed the prescribed threshold for procurement
  • Service Level Agreements for the supply of goods and services by the Council to schools
  • Proposed changes to the factors and criteria which are taken into account or the methods, principles and rules to be adopted in relation to the formula for funding schools


The Council will also consult the forum on the financial implications of other areas of the Education and Schools’ delegated budget such as:

  • Arrangements for the education of pupils with Additional Learning Needs
  • Allocation and use of specific grants


The forum has a key role in developing understanding and promoting an effective dialogue between the Council and schools.


The Council, working in partnership with the Schools Budget Forum, values its contribution to the decision making process.


Annual Programme of Work 2023/24 

  • Ongoing Review of special school funding formula
  • Review of ALN funding in mainstream schools
  • Welsh Government funding challenge for equality of funding across Wales



If you would like to raise anything that is within the remit of the Schools Budget Forum, please contact your respective representative.


School Budget forum meetings
Meeting Minutes and Agendas
08/06/2022 1. Budget Forum Agenda 8th June 2022

2. Budget Forum Draft Minutes 9th March 2022

3a. Budget Forum membership 9th March 2022

3b. Budget Forum consittution revised 1st December 2021

4a. School balances as at 31st March 2022

4b. Balances carried forward by school as at 31st March 2022

4c. Planned use of balances return draft

6. School Grants update 2022/23

7. Stats Wales LA Budgeted expenditure by school 2021/22


1. Budget Forum Agenda 14th September 2022

2. Budget Forum draft minutes 8th June 2022

3a Budget Forum Membership

3.b Budget Forum Constitution 

4. Initial draft cost Pressures for schools 2023/24

5. Stats Wales - LA Budgeted Expenditure on Schools 22/23

7. School Grants updates 2022/23

8. Proposal to remove pooled fund for breakfast clubs



1. Budget Forum Agenda 14th June 2023

3. Budget Forum Draft Minutes 13th February 2023

3. b. Budget Forum Constitution Revised 01.12.21 pdf

4. Budget Forum Membership 26th May 2023

6.a. School balances update 

6.b. School Balances by School

7. Budget Forum Grant Updates 23/24



1. Schools Budget Forum 2023-24 - Agenda 20th September 2023

2. Draft Budget Forum minutes 14.06.23

3. a. Budget Forum membership 7th September 2023

3. b. Budget Forum Constitution Revised 01.12.21 pdf

4. a School balances projection March 2024 to March 2026

5. Learning and Skills Directorate cost pressures submitted 2425 budget

7. Budget Forum Grant update 07.09.23 from Carolyn Tapscott



1. Schools Budget Forum 2023-24 - Agenda 29th November 2023

2. Draft Budget Forum minutes 20 9 23

3. a. Budget Forum membership Nov 23

3. b. Budget Forum Constitution Revised 01.12.21 . word doc

4. Budget Forum Grant updates 2324 updated 21-11-23