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Local Authority Funding

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what specific or direct grants have been made by his Department to local authorities for 2003–04 (a) in England and (b) broken down by local authority, identifying whether the grant is (i) ring fenced, (ii) a specific formula grant, (iii) within aggregate external finance and (iv) outside aggregate external finance. [114920]

The Home Office pays a variety of grants to local authorities. Details, first for police authorities, then for local councils, are given in the tables.The following specific or direct grants are being or will be paid to police authorities in 2003–04:

£ million

Police Authority

Police Grant1,2

Police Capital Grant

Crime fighting Fund3

Rural policing3


Street Crime3

Basic Command Units3

Community Support Oficers3

North Yorkshire44.620.961.852.
South Wales93.451.994.330.000.550.001.110.35
South Yorkshire98.452.195.440.005.600.761.220.04
Thames Valley132.223.039.521.251.011.351.710.06
West Midlands231.265.1714.400.0015.551.803.700.34
West Yorkshire170.183.708.
Yet to be allocated0.0022.

1 Police grant is a specific formula grant within Aggregate External Finance (AEF), which includes the Special Payment to the Metropolitan Police, but does not include grants the Home Secretary pays to Dyfed Powys [£0.5 million] and South Wales [£4.7 million] to bring them up to the general grant "floor". It is not ring-fenced.

2 From time to time the Home Secretary may pay special grants to police authorities to assist with extraordinary pressures. These grants may be allocated at any time during the year. They are not within AEF.

3 These grants are ring-fenced and inside AEF.

4 The Airwave grant includes £0 million of capital provision.

In addition, Home Office funding totalling £61.5 million is being made available to the police service in England and Wales for specific counter terrorist operations and other counter terrorist measures. Of this sum, some £47 million is allocated to the Metropolitan Police and £14.5 million to other forces to counter the increased threat from international terrorism since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. For security reasons it is not possible to disclose details of the grants made to individual police authorities for these activities.

The individual allocations for the following specific grants to police authorities have yet to be finalised:

£ million

Outer London Pay29
Lead and Free Travel1
London and SE Allowance113
Retention of officers over 30 years11
Special Constables18
Occupational Health15
Reform Deal18
National Non-Emergency Number13



These grants are ring-fenced and inside AEF

The following grants are being, or will be, paid to local councils.

Councils that receive asylum seekers are eligible for the Adult and Family Asylum Seekers Grant and/or the Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Grant. The amounts payable are dependent on the number of asylum seekers received and are not known at this stage. The grants are outside AEF.

Community Cohesion Pathfinder grant will be paid to the following local authorities, who will each receive £75,000 in 2003–04.

  • Bury Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
  • East Lancashire Partnership1
  • Kirklees Metropolitan Council
  • Leicester Qty Council
  • Mansfield District Council
  • Middlesbrough Council
  • Peterborough Qty Council
  • Plymouth Qty Council
  • Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Stoke-on-Trent Qty Council
  • London Borough of Southwark
  • West London Alliance2
  • The grant is outside AEF.


1 Lancashire County Council and Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale Borough Councils. The grant is paid to Pendle.

2 The London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. The grant is paid to Ealing.