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Local Authority Expenditure

Volume 32: debated on Wednesday 24 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will provide figures for aggregate local authority expenditure by type of main function or service, including an analysis of the amount spent on administrative functions; and whether he has comparative figures for each local authority.

Following is the latest available information:

Rate Fund Services Accounts 1980–81
£thousands
Net expenditure to be financed from grants, rates and balances
Education and libraries, etc.:
Education (except meals and milk)9,000,198
School meals and milk416,523
Library service260,035
Museums and art galleries42,650
Health and social services:
Port health2,775
Personal social service1,715,990
Law, order and protective services:
Police1,652,962
Fire400,948
Administration of justice215,132
School crossing patrols13,398
Registration of electors15,397
Civil defence5,610
Local Transport:
Public passenger transport362,461
Concessionary fares136,616
Highways and other transport1,145,463
Housing:
Rate fund contributions to Housing Revenue Account560,564
Advances under housing and SDA Acts36,976
Other housing410,124
Employment:
Careers service administration43,436
Sheltered employment and workshops15,584
Local environmental services:
Refuse collection374,153
Refuse disposal170,273
Recreation, parks and swimming baths544,157
Environmental health261,817
General administration262,834
Town and country planning363,595
Agriculture and fisheries87,120
Cemeteries and crematoria87,120
Cost of rate collection128,237
Consumer protection43,009
Miscellaneous Services-195,234
Rate fund contributions to tradings services
Unallocated rate fund contributions to:64,075
capital funds89,439
other special funds6,224
All rate fund services and contributions to other accounts18,688,038
Local Government Electors on 1982 electoral registerCounty Precept†per electorDistrict Rate† per electorTotal Rate Per elector
(£)(£)(£)
West Midlands Metropolitan County
Birmingham760,94487272359
Coventry239,37675252327
Dudley230,90977221298
Sandwell148,6480228365
Walsall199,74480314394

Source: (Table 2, Local Government Financial Statistics, England and Wales 1980–81).

Recharges from general administration to other services of £1,487 million are included within the figures for other services. Information about other expenditure on administrative functions, included within the service totals, is not separately identifiable.

Equivalent information for each local authority in England could not be produced except at disproportionate cost. Some statistics for individual local authorities are given in Local Government Comparative Statistics 1982, published by the CIPFA.