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Local Government Employees

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 7 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will compare for 1960, 1970 and the latest year for which figures are available, at current and at constant prices, the total wages and salaries bill for local government employees, distinguishing between the main categories of employment, and also showing the average cost per

1978–799,915,000 (Provisional estimate)
(a) A specific deflator to convert these figures to constant prices is not available.
(b) It is not possible to distinguish between the main categories of employment. Below is a table showing the latest available breakdown of these total figures by service (at current prices).
(c) Historical figures on average cost per employee are not available, but the current number of employees (full-time equivalents) in this sector is 1977–78 2,073·8 thousand, and for 1978–79 2.085·4 thousands.
(d) All "wages and salary" figures include employer's superannuation and national insurance contribution.
Education (excluding meals and milk)414,0001,117,8404,112,755
School meals and milk79,743316,182
Public libraries, museums and art galleries33,819123,571
Local health authority(2) services44,700135,556
Welfare services15,60059,482
Child care (including approved schools and remand homes8,80032,424
Personal social services751,068
Police (including school crossing patrols)73,900260,032868,788
Fire service18,90053,838183,610
Administration of justice (including probation service)22,23075,832
Sewerage and sewage(3) disposal10,80029,108
Refuse collection and disposal25,20059,702189,784
Parks and open spaces17,30043,090228,212
Baths and public laundries14,543
Public health (including port health authority services)34,003128,618
Rate collection14,28061,716
General administration101,260255,631
Highways, public lighting and parking of vehicles50,400118,839323,651
Youth employment5,68021,964
All other rate fund(4) services115,300131,813470,118
Trading services—all102,200160,665178,893
Agency services for government departments6,20019,73662,746
Capital account—all29,30067,381195,618
All services971,3002,707,9728,992,895
(1) Including employer's contribution to superannuation funds and payments to beneficiaries under pension schemes not chargeable to superannuation funds.
(2) Responsibility for these services passed to the new health authorities on reorganisation.
(3) As a result of reorganisation responsibility for sewerage and sewage disposal has been transferred to regional water authorities.
(4) Up to and including 1976–77 includes "unallocated salaries and wages".
(5) Housing revenue account, slum clearance and other housing (Slum clearance and other housing are rate fund services).
(6) Extracted from "Local Government Financial Statistics, England and Wales".