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Local Government Grant Settlement

Volume 401: debated on Thursday 20 March 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 6 March 2003, Official Report, column 1202W, on the local government grant settlement, if he will list the specific and special grants to which he refers; which of them are ringfenced; what amount in cash terms is available for distribution to (a) local authorities and (b) other organisations for each; when he plans for bids to be submitted to him for a share of each grant; and if he will make a statement. [103323]

The following table gives up-to-date details of specific and special grants announced for 2003–04. Some grants are bid for and successful bids

Details of Specific and Special Grant
Specific/Special GrantDepartmentRing-fenced?Bids?Amount available to local authorities in 2003–04 unless otherwise stated (millions)
Standards FundDIESYesNo1,339
Excellence in CitiesDfESNoNo219
School StandardsDfESNoNo800
Teachers' Pay ReformDfESYesNo745
Leadership IncentiveDfESYesNo175
Intervention in Failing LEAsDIESYesNo5
London Budget Support GrantDIESYesNo11.29
Personal Social Services
Training Support ProgrammeDHYesBiddable Element—£13 million (deadline 25 April)57
National Training StrategyDHYesNo25
Preserved RightsDHNoNo509
Performance FundDHYesNo100
Children's ServicesDHYesNo557
Human Resources Development StrategyDHYesNo10
Access & Systems CapacityDHYesNo170
Care DirectDHYesNo5
Children and Adolescent Mental Health ServicesDHYesNo51
Young People's Substance Misuse PlanningDHYesNo5
Teenage Pregnancy Local ImplementationDHYesNo24
Deferred PaymentsDHYesNo40
Mental HealthDHYesNo134
AIDS SupportDHYesNo17
Crime Fighting FundHOYesNo238
Outer London Pay LeadHOYesNo10
Rural Policing FundHOYesNo28
Police Negotiating BoardHOYesYes36
DNA GrantHOYesYes9
Basic Command UnitsHOYesNo47
London & South East AllowanceHOYesNo20
London TravelHOYesNo3
Community Support OfficersHOYesYes39
Officer Retention Over 30 YearsHOYesYes1
Special ConstablesHOYesPart8
Occupational HealthHOYesNo5
Street Crime InitiativeHOYesPart25
Reform DealHOYesYes8
Non Emergency NumberHOYesNo3
National Intelligence ModelHOYesYes2
Counter TerrorismHOYesYes58
Airwaves Communication ProjectHOYesNo58

receive allocations. The majority are allocated to all qualifying authorities by a formula or on an agreed basis. The definition of ring-fencing was updated last year to reflect the types of grant which now exist. Some grants previously classified as ring-fenced are not now classified in this way. The key distinction made remains that ring-fenced grants are those which restrict local authority spending. For completeness the following list includes all special grants inside Aggregate External Finance. Further details of classifications are in an annex to the freedoms and flexibilities announcement of 26 November. Under the terms of the freedoms and flexibilities announcement, from 2003–04, the majority of the grants in the following table are unfenced for excellent performers. Exceptions include those grants which must be passed to schools, and the supporting people grant, where in view of the legislative requirements, different arrangements are in place for removing ring-fencing for excellent performers.

Details of Specific, and Special Grant

Specific/Special Grant




Amount available to local authorities in 2003–04 unless otherwise stated (millions)

Environment Protective and Cultural Services

Council Tax Benefit and Housing Benefit AdministrationDWPNoNo321
Supporting PeopleODPMYesNo1,400
Civil DefenceCOYesNo19
Waste Re-Cycling ChallengeDEFRAYesNo40
Personalised Travel PilotsDfTYesLocal Traffic Authorities, Passenger Transport Executives, Transport for London, BAA Heathrow invited to bid for funding in July 20020.586
Roadside Vehicle TestingDfTYesYes, bids accepted at any time4
Travel Plan BursariesDfTYesNo3
Probation Loan ChargesDfTYesNo3
Neighbourhood WardensODPMYesYes, every 21 years, although annual review/performance management takes place21 (20 per cent. to other organisations—housing associations, charitable groups, police)
Planning Delivery GrantODPMNoNo50 (46.9 to local authorities, 3.1 to regional planning bodies)
Magistrates CourtsLCDYesNo330
Rural Bus SubsidyDfTYesNo50
Rural Bus ChallengeDfTYesYes, most bids for funding in 2003–04 have been accepted in January 2003 and in earlier years of the competition, the future of this scheme has yet to be decided.20
Urban Bus ChallengeDfTYesYes, most bids for funding in 2003–04 have been accepted in November 2002 and in earlier years of the competition, the future of this scheme has yet to be decided20
National Parks and BroadsDEFRAYesNo25


Neighbourhood Renewal FundODPMNoNo400


GLA General GrantODPMNoNo35