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Tunbridge Wells And Kent Councils

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) type and (b) value of (i) specific and (ii) special grants have been provided by central government to (A) Tunbridge Wells borough council and (B) Kent county council in each year since 1997. [104694]

[pursuant to his answer, 25 March 2003, Official Report, c. 184W]: The following two tables give all the special and specific grants inside Aggregate External Finance (AEF) provided to Tunbridge Wells and Kent. The information is taken from the Reporting Officer forms returned on an annual basis by authorities to ODPM. The entries for

Tunbridge Wells1997–981998–991999–20002000–012001–0022002–03 Budget only
Emergency planning1
Total ring-fenced specific grants000100
Housing benefit administration158165164162150249
Council tax benefit administration7374749387
Total unring-fenced specific grants231239238255237249
Revenue support grant3,2422,9722,8722,7493,1032,787
National non-domestic rates3,2793,2923,5033,9133,8714,352
Gross AEF6,7526,5036,6136,9187,2117,388
Percentage ring-fenced of gross AEF0.
Kent1997–981998–991999–20002000–012001–022002–03 Budget only
AIDS support30814050127115105
Asylum seekers2674,95522,97449,17646,52234,003
Building care capacity4,447
Carers' grant2,169
Child care and early years1,4053,23716,041
Children's services (Quality Protects)1,4622,3025,97410,442
Civil Defence323273
Class size reductions777
Community care special transitional grant9,7379,045
Deferred payments977
Education budget support grant100
Education of travellers and displaced persons275310
Emergency planning273252375260
Ethnic minorities achievement grant837748
Former GM schools transitional grant37542
Guardians ad litem205
Magistrates courts5,8056,0556,0866,0936,3135,884
Mental health1,4671,3172,3062,5943,1363,235
Nursery education grant for 4-year-olds5,8615,964
Nursery education grant for 3-year-olds11,203
Other grants within AEF191,1599,2523,094591
Performance fund1,254
Preserved rights30,044
Probation (ordinary 80 per cent. grant)8,2828,2218,8729,781
Promoting independence7,3837,4519,4403,958
Provision for 3-year-olds4755,242
Residential allowances2,269
Rural bus services1,2521,2301,2921,6441,885
School budget support grant1,463
Section 11 (ethnic minorities) grant935
Social services training support program776643514689791673
Standards fund5,3426,26413,62026,20731,16235,137
Supported employment1231002496103
Supporting people implementation grant700
Teachers' pay reform2,89617,63712,000
Teenage pregnancy local implementation grant240
Under-5s specific grant5,709
Young people's substance misuse grant91
Total ring-fenced specific grants33,84545,14073,339127,890134,927177,608
The private finance initiative331842885850
Total unring-fenced grants03318428858500

1997–2002 are actual figures. These are not yet available for 2002–03 and therefore budgeted figures have been given. 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.








2002–03 Budget only

School standards grant17,51417,975
Revenue support grant451,972386,147389,996382,868427,589385,874
National non-domestic rates301,690268,337292,938332,884327,578359,413
Gross AEF787,507699,955757,115844,527908,458940,870
Percentage of gross AEF ring-fenced %4610151519