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Comprehensive and incremental budgeting in education: the construction and management of formula funding in three English local education authorities

Edwards, Pam, Ezzamel, Mahmoud, Robson, Keith and Taylor, Margaret 1996. Comprehensive and incremental budgeting in education: the construction and management of formula funding in three English local education authorities. Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal 9 (4) , pp. 4-37. 10.1108/09513579610129408

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Abstract

Examines the construction of the funding formula, following the 1988 Education Act, used to determine the levels of devolved budgets in three English local education authorities (LEAs). Explains that, in each LEA, a team was formed to determine the funding formula. Also explains that, as most schools pre-local management of schools (LMS) only kept aggregate records showing the cost of education at the levels of primary/secondary sectors rather than individual school level, the LMS teams faced serious problems in defining budget parameters, identifying cost elements and attributing costs to functions. More critically, points out that while the 1988 Education Act made it clear that the new budgeting system should be comprehensive in the sense of not merely reflecting past expenditure patterns but being based on perceived education needs, the LMS teams developed funding formulae which predominantly preserved the status quo established by historical expenditure patterns. Explores both the arguments and the mechanisms which each LMS team deployed in order to produce an incrementalist budgeting system and the constraints that operated on incrementalism.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
L Education > L Education (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Budgeting, Local management of schools, Resources
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 0951-3574
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2017 04:24
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/52091

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