Coding and Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR)
- Coding structureCoding listCapital codesSchool journal transfer system
Please use the Capital codes stated whilst for Revenue expenditure please refer to CFR Item list (PDF).
Types of Capital Expenditure Capital Item Code to use Types of Revenue Expenditure Structural maintenance of playgrounds or increasing size of playground C225/C226 or C251/C252 Routine maintenance of playgrounds (e.g. filling potholes) Extending a building C225/C226 or C251/C252 Maintaining a building (re-pointing, repairing minor cracks, painting etc.) Structural repairs on a building, where the value has been written down in the accounts to reflect damage C225/C226 or C251/C252 Repairs for damage not reflected by a reduction in the value of the building in the accounts Major refurbishment or overhauls that extend the life or value of an asset beyond its previously assessed standard C225/C226 or C251/C252 Painting and decorating, routine maintenance Re-roofing of buildings C225/C226 or C251/C252 Roof repairs or replacing broken tiles Upgrading poor quality old fencing with new, higher quality ones C225/C226 or C251/C252 Fencing repairs or replacement of broken sections Upgrading poor quality old windows with new, higher quality ones C225/C226 or C251/C252 Window repairs or replacement of broken windows Installation of central heating C225/C226 or C251/C252 Replacement of central heating or broken parts of a heating system Improvement of floor structures C225/C226 or C251/C252 Floor coverings (unless part of major refurbishment) Installations of new kitchens or toilet facilities C225/C226 or C251/C252 Repairs or replacement of kitchen or toilet fittings Installation of a new water supply services/equipment C225/C226 or C251/C252 Repairs or replacement of water supply services/equipment Remodelling to make a building/rooms fit-for-purpose that otherwise would not be C225/C226 or C251/C252 Remodelling that does not significantly affect the service provided Purchase of fixed furniture and equipment (inc. signage and shelving) C225/C226 or C251/C252 Repairs to fixed furniture or equipment Legal and project management fees, architects’, surveyors’ and engineers’ fees where directly attributable to an enhancement (including recharges of DCC staff time for these purposes) C420/C421/C424 or C451/C452/C455 Feasibility studies and finance fees Planning and building regulations fees (for capital schemes above) C473 Planning and building regulation fees (for revenue works above) Purchase of new removable furniture and equipment C601/C602 Repairs to furniture or equipment Purchase of ICT hardware (Servers, PC, laptops, tablets) C610 Repairs/servicing of ICT hardware Purchase of ICT peripherals (printers, ICT whiteboards, etc) C611 Repairs/servicing of ICT peripherals Installation of new IT or phone network C612 Repairs/servicing of IT or phone network Purchase of new minibus (maximum of 16 passengers) C634 Maintenance, servicing, ongoing costs (e.g. road tax, petrol) Purchase of ICT software where licence period over 1 year C701/C702 ICT software where the licence period is 1 year or less or website designsFAQs
The School Journal Transfer System has been devised to allow schools to journal money between accounts.
To access the system linked above, you will need to register by clicking the following link Register for Schools Journal Transfer System.This online form which will ask for your name, username of your choice, associated school and email address.
Once the account has been set-up on the journal transfer system, an email confirmation will be sent to you. You will then be able to log-on to the school journal transfer system and it will recognise your name and associated school, which can be seen at the top of the page.
Schools Journal Transfer System Guidance
You will then be required to complete the form by completing the following steps:
- Enter the amount to be transferred
- Provide a narrative for the journal (please use a narrative more descriptive in nature than simply ‘coding correction’)
- On the left hand side of the form select the manage code in which to debit from the drop down list
- Click on the ‘Populate Item List’ button to enable the item (ledger) code selection.
- Select the item (ledger) code in which to debit from the list
- On the right hand side of the form select the manage code in which to credit from the drop down list
- Click on the ‘Populate Item List’ button to enable the item (ledger) code selection
- Select the item (ledger) code in which to credit from the list
- Finally, click on the ‘Submit’ button
- You will then be presented with a summary of your journal where you can either ‘Make Another Transfer’ or click on ‘Finish’.
When can I journal?
You can journal between most codes to reflect initial incorrect coding, but you cannot journal monies to or from the budget allocation codes (9050-9059). With internal codes you can journal between internal codes, but you cannot mix internal and external ledger codes.
Why can’t I see a code I wish to use?
Certain codes, like budget share codes are not available for use. If you believe you need to journal from these codes, please contact the Schools Finance Team.
Can I journal between budget share and extended school provision?
Yes, if you have a separate fund set up such as G121, you can move most costs and income between the two. However it is better to ensure the coding is correct at source.
Can I journal between schools in our federation?
No, this facility does not allow this, but please consider running the federation accounts through your hub school. Email the School Finance Team if you wish to do this.
Can I journal items that should not have been charged/credited to our budget and relate to other schools?
No, again this facility does not allow this. Again you would need to submit details on the school finance enquiries form.
What if I find that VAT has been extracted but should not have been (and vice-versa) – am I able to journal these items?
No, the facility does not allow this. Again you would need to submit details via the school finance enquiries form. Please provide a full narrative to what the journal relates.
Can I journal to and from CAPSCH?
You can only journal contributions to capital (Debit R001 and credit C992). Any other journals involving capital will need to be requested using the school finance enquiries form and a full explanation given.
For instance, you have a capital project that will spend more than the available allocation and there as an item correctly charged to CAPSCH – C602 (furniture & fittings short life) then this has to be paid for from revenue. This can be done, but you would always need to debit ledger code R001 on revenue and always credit C992 on capital (contribution from SBS).
Items initially charged to SBS that you feel should come out of the capital budget can be transferred so long as sufficient detail is provided and that the item is something that can be recognised as typical capital expenditure.
A typical example would be: item initially charged to SBS for £2,000, G120 – 2702 (grounds mtce grass cutters) required to be on CAPSCH – C635 (motorised plant & equipment).
Credit – G120 – G2702 £2,000
Debit – CAPSCH – C635 £2,000
Try to correctly identify capital spend at source and code it correctly. If it is genuine capital, code it as such and if necessary move money to fund it.
- You cannot move more money than is posted to a code.
- You cannot move monies to or from the Government Grants code (9001). If you feel there are items that should not be credited there, or vice versa, please let us know via the school finance enquiries form and we will investigate.
- Generally speaking, you should not attempt to move expenditure items on to income codes and vice versa. If you believe there should be such a transaction, please contact the Schools Finance Team.
Give adequate detail so you can recognise the entry on the download and on print-outs.
- For payroll items, state the person’s assignment number and the period to which it relates, e.g. 223311-1, September 2016. You should also then state whether it relates to pay, national insurance, superannuation or overtime.
- For creditors/debtor items, you should include enough detail so that it is possible to easily ascertain the context and nature of the journal transaction.
- Consider a summary entry for multiple low value items.