There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, each Schools Forum sets the cost based on the amount of time required locally. As an example, some pooled arrangements provide time for local representatives to undertake all categories of trade union duty, where others might restrict the duties that can be undertaken using this funding – the more trade union duties which can be undertaken during time paid for from the pooled arrangements, the higher the cost may be. It should be noted that trade union representatives are entitled to paid time off for all trade union duties, so if certain duties are not funded by pooled arrangements, employers remain under a statutory obligation to provide paid time off by other means.
Secondly, some local authorities opt to bundle the facility time de-delegation figure together with other offers such as cover for jury service, or provision of CPD or training, increasing the attractiveness of paying into the arrangements but also pushing up the price.
This is also one of many examples of the differences in funding between local authorities and explains some of the differences in the GAG funding that academies get, as this is currently calculated by replicating LA models. Some trusts make the necessary arrangements for each individual academy to pay the appropriate amount for their respective local authority, whereas others adopt a levelling out approach whereby the total cost of contributing to all relevant pooled arrangements is divided equally between each academy.