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Local Government Expenditure

Volume 934: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list in the Official Report the estimates of current expenditure in 1976–77 and 1977–78 for each local authority as most recently notified to him by authorities.

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is to publish a complete analysis of the 1977–78 revenue estimates in its "Return of Rates" to be available in August. The summary figures listed below for 1976–77 and 1977–78 cover total estimated current expenditure for each local authority. Full explanatory notes on the coverage of the figures follow the table. The figures exclude debt charges, interest receipts, transfers to capital account and to the housing revenue account. The 1977–78 estimates include provisions made by individual authorities for anticipated cost increases in the year. The returns from which the figures were taken were received by my Department between March and May reflecting the position at the time when ratings were taken. The estimates may be revised when final outturn figures for 1976–77 are available and as plans change to meet circumstances during 1977–78.The figures are as follows:

Total current expenditure
Estimate 1977–78Revised estimate 1976–77
£'000£'000
Avon160,592148,085
Bedfordshire97,11688,189
Berkshire114,834105,295
Buckinghamshire88,65681,736
Cambridgeshire94,73787,286
Cheshire168,469151,549
Cleveland119,210107,533
Cornwall67,42360,408
Cumbria91,29383,213
Derbyshire162,264142,468
Devon153,081138,113
Dorset94,11986,728
Durham116,441108,722
East Sussex106,11797,919
Essex230,064214,607
Gloucestershire85,35877,893
Hampshire239,830219,108
Hereford and Worcester101,59793,172
Hertfordshire174,852161,690
Humberside159,192146,679
Isle of Wight18,34316,593
Total current expenditure
Estimate 1977–78Revised estimate 1976–77
£'000£'000
Kent241,465222,619
Lancashire246,970224,508
Leicestershire144,082131,031
Lincolnshire95,44587,193
Norfolk109,84099,594
Northamptonshire 90,75882,178
Northumberland 54,90750,970
North Yorkshire116,965106,933
Nottinghamshire184,747167,716
Oxfordshire88,56083,067
Salop 60,91054,837
Somerset69,08462,168
Staffordshire175,892160,771
Suffolk 91,33482,773
Surrey163,344149,499
Warwickshire77,61373,996
West Sussex 98,41089,071
Wiltshire89,53178,391
Clwyd72,49265,473
Dyfed68,65959,874
Gwent83,96677,838
Gwynedd 48,33344,464
Mid Glamorgan107,48995,444
Powys26,26724,237
South Glamorgan70,83665,549
West Glamorgan 78,36070,976
Greater Manchester130,636122,753
Merseyside102,57294,567
South Yorkshire77,00364,264
Tyne and Wear73,47965,507
West Midlands136,474128,693
West Yorkshire110,337100,794
Isles of Scilly 442408
Greater Manchester:
Bolton43,45839,239
Bury27,32524,615
Manchester103,81192,553
Oldham36,98134,191
Rochdale38,39833,960
Salford44,83441,487
Stockport44,18240,905
Tameside37,87935,132
Trafford37,53135,370
Wigan48,67145,970
Merseyside:
Knowsley38,06235,026
Liverpool106,91699,860
St. Helens31,93128,972
Sefton48,84643,838
Wirral57,24652,221
South Yorkshire:
Barnsley40,09334,690
Doncaster53,30849,954
Rotherham42,99939,835
Sheffield99,06086,534
Tyne and Wear:
Gateshead37,19734,393
Newcastle-upon-Tyne60,31956,497
North Tyneside34,29330,205
South Tyneside31,98928,747
Sunderland50,78646,516
West Midlands:
Birmingham188,448172,601
Coventry58,96951,905
Dudley38,31335,529
Sandwell51,23546,507
Solihull29,55326,627
Walsall43,40739,758
Wolverhampton45,57240,617
West Yorkshire:
Bradford86,97579,249
Calderdale31,99729,956
Kirklees58,30254,207
Leeds112,854102,888
Wakefield52,84748,813
Greater London Council643,581620,596
City of London14,89814,420
Camden27,90626,686
Greenwich21,41518,670
Hackney24,63420,869
Hammersmith23,07320,312
Islington27,36823,075
Kensington and Chelsea17,84915,846
Lambeth35,93031,566
Lewisham27,19024,252
Southwark32,20428,682
Tower Hamlets26,23122,682
Wandsworth32,08927,298
Westminster31,82729,850
Barking32,97229,036
Barnet50,29546,342
Bexley40,71336,028
Brent56,74948,757
Bromley49,37245,743
Croydon58,49953,168
Haling57,29751,561
Enfield43,88439,842
Haringey51,74346,945
Harrow35,53532,814
Havering43,88540,349
Hillingdon43,93142,100
Hounslow38,56435,553
Kingston-upon-Thames24,01722,370
Merton31,28928,675
Newham48,33244,964
Redbridge36,26833,640
Richmond-upon-Thames27,67724,822
Sutton27,56024,600
Waltham Forest44,08839,822
Avon:
Bath2,1931,916
Bristol12,9219,933
Kingswood1,1421,058
Northavon1,6081,521
Wansdyke1,6271,472
Woodspring3,5563,342
Bedfordshire:
North Bedfordshire3,3452,980
Luton3,4393,050
Mid Bedfordshire1,5531,372
South BedfordshireNot available
Berkshire:
Bracknell2,0192,005
Newbury2,1221,972
Reading4,1623,619
Slough3,2422,702
Windsor and Maidenhead2,6642,520
Wokingham1,7261,569
Buckinghamshire:
Aylesbury Vale2,2972,141
Beaconsfield1,3041,200
Chiltern1,8221,604
Milton Keynes2,3671,987
Wycombe2,4172,311
Total current expenditure
Estimate 1977–78Revised estimate 1976–77
£'000£'000
Cambridgeshire:
Cambridge1,7341,548
East Cambridgeshire934862
Fenland1,3771,068
Huntingdon1,6461,560
Peterborough3,1912,548
South Cambridgeshire1,3731,329
Cheshire:
Chester2,8322,556
Congleton1,9081,790
Crewe and Nantwich2,4112,246
Ellesmere Port2,2831,919
Halton3,2312,901
Macclesfield3,8923,553
Vale Royal3,1012,873
Warrington4,8304,535
Cleveland:
Hartlepool2,5522,309
Langbaurgh4,7184,258
Middlesbrough5,4094,465
Stockton on Tees4,2764,276
Cornwall:
Caradon1,3081,124
Carrick1,6991,822
Kerrier1,7591,543
North Cornwall1,3311,182
Penwith1,5251,274
Restormel1,6031,469
Cumbria:
Allerdale2,1921,981
Barrow in Furness2,3021,898
Carlisle2,5302,254
Copeland2,0321,885
Eden742645
South Lakeland2,2361,924
Derbyshire:
Amber Valley2,2111,942
Bolsover1,5421,377
Chesterfield2,8262,818
Derby5,4764,316
Erewash2,2422,044
High Peak2,1321,919
North East Derbyshire2,4281,957
South Derbyshire1,1411,057
West Derbyshire1,4351,188
Devon:
East Devon2,1731,740
Exeter2,1901,929
North Devon1,8791,746
Plymouth3,7733,162
South Hams1,5181,419
Teignbridge2,2411,971
Tiverton962898
Torbay2,6172,312
Torridge956864
West Devon633560
Dorset:
Bournemouth4,2093,671
Christchurch802769
North Dorset661561
Poole2,6322,117
Purbeck795616
West Dorset1,3071,165
Weymouth and Portland1,5241,361
Wimborne1,054890
Durham:
Chester le StreetNot available
Darlington2,6192,510
Derwentside2,0811,826
Durham2,2972,175
Easington3,2012,414
Sedgefield2,7652,394
Teesdale493446
Wear Valley2,7331,945
East Sussex:
Brighton7,1616,280
Eastbourne2,9852,551
Hastings3,0772,836
Hove2,5622,372
Lewes1,9821,803
Rother2,0551,927
Wealden1,8781,736
Essex:
Basildon4,3943,584
Braintree1,9261,746
Brentwood1,3191,248
Castle Point2,0011,842
Chelmsford2,1501,984
Colchester2,6862,595
Epping Forest2,6372,511
Harlow3,2172,639
Maldon910876
Rochford1,4911,330
Southend on Sea5,2774,783
Tendring2,5892,399
Thurrock3,6893,254
Uttlesford1,1781,018
Gloucestershire:
Cheltenham1,8151,704
Cotswold1,1341,005
Forest of Dean1,5181,304
Gloucester1,8471,717
Stroud1,8261,654
Tewkesbury1,5811,533
Hampshire:
Basingstoke3,1932,864
East Hampshire1,8311,644
Eastleigh1,4801,420
Fareham1,8541,400
Gosport1,5161,326
Hart1,3361,200
Havant2,3901,850
New Forest2,9472,543
Portsmouth6,5215,036
Rushmoor1,7921,610
Southampton8,3279,102
Test Valley1,8181,615
Winchester1,6621,427
Hereford and Worcester:
Bromsgrove1,3971,291
Hereford1,1861,049
Leominster584508
Malvern Hills1,5621,453
Redditch1,8721,456
South Herefordshire789677
Worcester1,6971,585
Wychavon2,2871,857
Wyre Forest2,8902,636
Hertfordshire:
Broxbourne2,0611,905
Dacorum3,5523,422
East Hertfordshire1,7081,538
Hertsmere2,8002,519
North Hertfordshire2,5182,227
St. Albans2,8042,588
Stevenage3,0492,751
Total current expenditure
Estimate 1977–78Revised estimate 1976–77
£'000£'000
Three Rivers2,4632,343
Watford 3,0993,064
Welwyn/Hatfleld2,5742,353
Humberside:
Beverley1,7411,598
Boothferry1,2971,188
Cleethorpes1,7051,554
Glanford1,3371,110
Grimsby2,0221,869
Holderness970794
Kingston-upon-Hull8,1007,056
North Wolds1,9981,866
Scunthorpe1,9571,803
Isle of Wight:
Medina1,4811,422
South Wight 1,2371,128
Kent:
Ashford 1,2901,274
Canterbury3,5683,081
Dartford2,7072,528
Dover3,4563,168
Gillingham1,3271,222
Gravesham2,1711,885
Maidstone3,1933,053
Medway3,1982,869
Sevenoaks3,1182,796
Shepway 2,7862,598
Swale2,7052,526
Thanet Not available
Tonbridge and Mailing2,4032,230
Tunbridge Wells2,3282,055
Lancashire:
Blackburn5,7065,060
Blackpool4,4573,872
Burnley3,1172,844
Chorley1,7561,524
Fylde 1,6681,547
Hyndburn2,3942,039
Lancaster3,7253,474
Pendle2,8852,543
Preston4,2184,165
Ribble Valley1,1431,033
Rossendale2,2592,070
South Ribble1,9511,759
West Lancashire3,2323,036
Wyre 2,0571,940
Leicestershire:
Blaby 1,4161,225
Charnwood2,2552,003
Harborough915845
Hinckley and Bosworth1,2651,181
Leicester8,3437,494
Melton 609561
North West Leicestershire1,3031,171
Oadby and Wigston828807
Rutland Not available
Lincolnshire:
Boston 1,1621,083
East Lindsey2,1641,987
Lincoln 2,3722,231
North Kesteven1,4321,251
South Holland1,6451,551
South Kesteven1,8101,650
West Lindsey1,3251,189
Norfolk:
Breckland1,6981,595
Broadland1,5301,379
Great Yarmouth2,3502,143
North Norfolk1,6061,441
Norwich 3,7333,209
South Norfolk1,2491,114
West Norfolk1,8091,521
Northamptonshire:
Corby Not available
Daventry1,000925
East Northamptonshire1,000922
Kettering1,4561,309
Northampton3,8303,437
South Northamptonshire775745
Wellingborough806749
Northumberland:
Alnwick424474
Berwick-upon-Tweed248245
Blyth Valley1,7061,567
Castle Morpeth936875
Tynedale1,2242,015
Wansbeck2,0891,879
North Yorkshire:
Craven 1,1561,068
Hambelton1,3171,194
Harrogate2,8162,521
Richmondshire1,117941
Ryedale1,4011,302
Scarborough3,5153,326
Selby 2,1521,914
York 2,3392,309
Nottinghamshire:
Ashfield2,0281,744
Bassetlaw2,2072,021
Broxtowe2,0591,820
Gedling 1,7131,592
Mansfield2,5181,809
Newark 1,7571,547
Nottingham 9,2167,937
Rushcliffe1,7821,574
Oxfordshire:
Cherwell 1,4271,315
Oxford2,6392,524
South Oxfordshire2,3702,133
Vale of White Horse1,9721,906
West Oxfordshire1,3941,334
Salop:
Bridgnorth 697647
North Shropshire725638
Oswestry586529
Shrewsbury and Atcham1,7941,929
South Shropshire769663
The Wrekin2,9892,668
Somerset:
Mendip 1,4351,344
Sedgemoor2,0902,403
Taunton Deane1,7271,564
West Somerset632564
Yeovil 2,5002,115
Staffordshire:
Cannock Chase 1,2901,282
East Staffordshire1,6051,451
Lichfield 1,4351,347
Newcastle under Lyme2,7262,415
South Staffordshire1,4231,308
Stafford 1,9381,777
Staffordshire Moorlands1,6771,570
Stoke-on-Trent 5,6555,347
Tamworth1,2801,218
Total current expenditure
Estimate 1977–78Revised estimate 1976–77
£'000£'000
Suffolk:
Babergh1,3951,236
Forest Heath890948
Ipswich3,0842,718
Mid Suffolk1,3781,202
St. Edmundsbury1,8701,725
Suffolk Coastal2,0991,935
Waveney2,2291,943
Surrey:
Elmbridge2,9442,676
Epsom and Ewell1,8141,654
Guildford2,4992,272
Mole Valley2,0521,901
Reigate and Banstead2,9752,727
Runnymede1,5181,275
Spelthorne2,2312,046
Surrey Heath1,5111,242
Tandridge1,3451,233
Waverley2,6792,493
Woking1,6161,431
Warwickshire:
North Warwickshire1,8001,940
Nuneaton3,1572,828
Rugby1,9611,840
Stratford-on-Avon1,9201,750
Warwick2,4322,186
West Sussex:
Adur1,4351,307
Arun2,7272,525
Chichester1,9251,755
Crawley2,1711,947
Horsham1,5561,531
Mid Sussex2,0121,835
Worthing3,0372,787
Wiltshire:
Kennet1,1861,114
North Wiltshire1,6621,506
Salisbury1,9231,670
Thamesdown2,7012,762
West Wiltshire1,3481,121
Clwyd:
Alyn and Deeside2,1852,047
Colwyn1,6521,437
Delyn1,8711,869
Glyndwr1,164994
Rhuddlan1,9081,620
Wrexham Maelor2,6772,358
Dyfed:
Carmarthen1,6402,265
Ceredigion1,5591,427
DinefwrNot available
Llanelli2,4432,066
Preseli1,7281,438
South Pembrokeshire1,1801,147
Gwent:
BlaenauGwent2,9482,387
Islwyn2,0351,752
Monmouth1,9061,677
Newport4,1043,632
Torfaen3,2862,853
Gwynedd:
Aberconwy2,1421,850
Arfon1,7911,529
Dwyfor793690
Meinonnydd917808
YnysMon2,1801,933
Mid Glamorgan:
Cynon Valley2,7672,585
Merthyr Tydfil2,7782,592
OgwrNot available
Rhondda3,6873,179
Rhymney Valley4,0553,572
Taff-Ely3,2672,659
Powys:
Brecknock1,051937
Montgomery1,035984
Radnor570531
South Glamorgan:
Cardiff9,9759,167
Vale of Glamorgan3,7153,301
West Glamorgan:
Afan2,4222,218
Lliw Valley1,8741,691
Neath1,7451,632
Swansea6,3085,646

Notes:

1. Defined as net revenue expenditure on rate fund services, excluding debt charges, rate fund contributions to capital accounts and capital funds, interest receipts, rate fund contributions to the housing revenue account and expenditure on mandatory student awards but including the cost of rate collection and rate fund contributions to trading accounts. This differs in a number of minor respects from the concept of current expenditure used in rate support grant analyses in that, for example, it includes capital expenditure charged directly to revenue and non-relevant current expenditure on common police and probation services.

2. In general, expenditure is defined to include precepts other than county and police precepts— but excluding general service charges collected on behalf of regional water authorities—to be gross of specific grant income, other than those specific grants not covered in the rate support grant settlement—e.g. rent allowances—and to be net of income from sales, fees and charges. The figures include the appropriate share of expenditure by joint police authorities for all constituent authorities other than those of the Metropolitan Police Authority. The Metropolitan Police Authority precept is shown separately

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will undertake to identify, when publishing local authority estimated current expenditure figures for 1976–77 and 1977–78, those authorities whose estimates exceed the limits he has asked them to observe, indicating the excess amount in each case.

The figures of estimated and planned current expenditure in 1976–77 and 1977–78 for individual authorities are given in my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Thornaby (Mr. Wrigglesworth) today. The financial guidelines given to authorities in the RSG settlement for 1977–78 asked them to plan their expenditure for 1977–78 on the basis that only in exceptional circumstances should their current expenditure in cash terms exceed their actual expenditure in 1976–77 by as much as 8½ per cent. Individual authorities are responsible for judging the level of expenditure justified by the needs of their area.