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Care In The Community (Barnsley)

Volume 127: debated on Friday 12 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what extra resources he intends to make available to Barnsley metropolitan borough council to provide care in the community.

Net Current Expenditure Per Head
ServicesLancashire County CouncilAverage for all Shire County CouncilsSpending by Lancashire County Council in excess of the average for all Shire Counties
School meals and milk1183

Local authority revenue expenditure is supported by rate support grant block grant; this is an unhypothecated grant; which cannot be attributed to particular elements of an authority's expenditure. The 1988–89 RSG settlement makes provision for local authorities' spending needs on all services, including community care. If Barnsley MBC chooses to spend in 1988–89 at the level assumed in the settlement 55·1 per cent. of its total expenditure will be supported by block grant. In addition, local authorities have almost complete freedom to target their capital spending according to local appreciation of need, within their total capital resources.