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Rates (Newcastle)

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was, in 1991–92 prices, (a) the value of rate support grant paid to Newcastle city council in every year since 1979–80, and revenue support grant since 1990 and (b) the value of non-domestic rate revenue received by the city council in each year since 1979–80.

The available information is as follows:

Rate Support Grant £ million at 1991–92 pricesNon-domestic rate revenue £ million at 1991–92 prices
1979–80122·1n/a
1980–811122·6n/a
1981–82288·5n/a
1982–8364·6n/a
1983–8467·5n/a
1984–8562·6n/a
1985–86358·0n/a
1986–8727·0107·7
1987–8854·793·0
1988–8968·482·3
1989–9064·784·7
Revenue Support Grant5Receipts from NDR pool
1990–91485·562·7
1991–9275·271·9

Note:

The information given is not available on a comparable basis for all years.

1 In 1979–80 and 1980–81, no Rate Support Grant (RSG) payments were made to Metropolitan County Council and Newcastle's RSG was correspondingly higher in those years.

2 In 1981–82 to 1985–86 inclusive, RSG payments were made to Metropolitan Counties (and other upper tier authorities) and Newcastle's RSG was correspondingly lower.

3 In April 1986, the Metropolitan County Councils were abolished and arrangements for paying grant changed accordingly.

4 In April 1990, the new local authority finance system was introduced and Revenue Support Grant replaced Rate Support Grant as the main Central Government grant to local authorities. The 1990–91 figure is for Revenue Support Grant after the Safety Net Payment.

5 Under the local government finance system introduced in 1990, the level of Revenue Support Grant is affected, inter alia, by the amount of non-domestic rates distributed from the national pool. The decrease in non-domestic rate receipts between 1989–90 and 1990–91 was largely compensated for by the increase in Rate/Revenue Support Grant.