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Local Authority Expenditure

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 26 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, for each of the last five years, what was (a) the total amount of local authority expenditure, (b) the total amount of local authority expenditure on education expressed both numerically and as a percentage of (a), (c) the total amount of local authority expenditure on social services expressed both numerically and as a percentage of (a) and (d) the rate support grant expressed both numerically and as a percentage of (a).

The following table shows the available figures:

LOCAL AUTHORITY EXPENDITURE FOR ENGLAND AND WALES
Relevant Expenditure*RSG†AEG‡
Education, Arts and LibrariesPersonal Social ServicesTotal (all Services)£m% of relevant expenditure£m% of relevant expenditure
Year£m Outturn prices%£m Outturn prices%£m Outturn prices
1974-75…4,1005360087,6774,236554,68361
1975-76…5,20052800810,0565,7855716,69166½
1976-77…5,900531,000811,2436,295567,30465
1977-78…6,300521,100912,1246,470537,53962
1978-79 (provisional)7,000521,200913,5167,086528,29861
* Includes loan charges and capital financed from revenue only.
† Rate Support Grant proper
‡ Aggregate Exchequer Grant i.e. plus specific and supplementary grants.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the percentage of the gross national product consumed by local authorities; and what are the corresponding figures for the last five years.

The figures are as follows:

YearLocal authority final consumption1(UK) as percentage of GNP
1974211.6 per cent.
197512.9 per cent.
197612.0 per cent.
197710.8 per cent.
1978 (1st 3 quarters)10.3 per cent.
1978 (whole year)10.1 per cent.
1979 (1st 3 quarters)10.4 per cent.
(1) current expenditure final consumption plus Gross Domestic Fixed Capital Formation (GDFCF)
THOUSANDS OF HOUSEHOLDS—DECEMBER 1977
Age of property occupiedRenting from local authorityOwner occupiedRenting from private landlord
Bolton
Pre-19191346
1919 to 19399110
Post 193917231
Bury
Pre-19190144
1919 to 19394111
Post 193911191
Manchester
Pre-191922825
1919 to 193933224
Post 19394072
Oldham
Pre-19191245
1919 to 1939590
Post 193914181
Rochdale
Pre-19191195
1919 to 1939951
Post 193920130
Salford
Pre-191921610
1919 to 19397132
Post 19393291
Stockport
Pre-19191176
1919 to 19393263
Post 193918302
Tameside
Pre-19191184
1919 to 19396143
Post 193921171
Trafford
Pre-19190178
1919 to 19394203
Post 193913161
Wigan
Pre-19191226
1919 to 193911102
Post 193925321
England*5,0109,1302,415
Pre-19192002,7601,680
1919 to 19391,1902,350390
Post 19393,6204,020345
Source: National Dwelling and Housing Survey (figures exclude households renting from Housing Associations).
* Estimates for households renting from Local Authorities include those renting from New Towns Stockport, Tameside and Trafford where the samples were small, are subject to sampling error.

(2 the re-organisation of local government in England and Wales in April 1974 resulted in the transfer of certain services (water, sewerage and health) from the local authority sector.

Source: "Economic Trends"