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Local Government Finance

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what population figure is used to calculate the local government settlement grant for the London borough of Croydon. (112851)

The Office for National Statistics’ 2003-based sub-national population projections are used as the key source of population in the final 2006-07 and provisional 2007-08 local government finance settlements.

For the 2007-08 settlement, the projected populations for 2007 used for Croydon are shown in the following table.

Age group

Projected population for 2007 for Croydon

All ages (total)

342,716

0-17

79,343

13-19

30,340

18-64

220,246

65 and over

43,127

Source:

Office for National Statistics

In addition, the mid-2004 estimates of population data are the source of population data in other indicators used in the top-up elements of the relative needs formula.

Detailed definitions of the data used and the data indicators are available on the local government finance website, at the following address:

www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/0708/grant.htm

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Tamworth borough council received from central Government in cash terms in each of the last six years. (114972)

The central Government grant received by Tamworth borough council expressed in cash terms in each of the past six years is shown in the following table.

Cash terms (£000)

2000-01

4,738

2001-02

4,973

2002-03

5,135

2003-04

6,137

2004-05

5,623

2005-06

6,523

Source:

Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn (RO) returns

Government grant is defined here as the sum of specific grants inside aggregate external finance (i.e. revenue grants paid for councils’ core services) and formula grant (revenue support grant, redistributed business rates and police grant).

Comparisons across years may not be valid due to changing local authority responsibilities. The information provided excludes capital funding and funding for local authorities’ housing management responsibilities. The information also excludes those grant programmes, such as European funding, where authorities are simply one of the recipients of funding paid towards an area.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will rank each English local authority by the proportion of total expenditure raised by council tax in the last 12 months. (115067)

The information ranked by the percentage of budgeted revenue expenditure to be met by council tax in 2006-07 has been made available in a table which has been placed in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the percentage change in central Government funding provided to each local authority in England was in each year since 1997. (115068)

Information on percentage changes in central Government funding provided to each local authority in England since 1998-99 has been made available in a table which has been placed in the Library of the House. Percentage changes for 1997-98 over the previous year have not been included due to complexities arising from the extensive local government reorganisation which took place around that time.

Comparisons across years may not be valid due to changing local authority responsibilities or methods of funding.

The information provided excludes capital funding and funding for local authorities’ housing management responsibilities. The information also excludes those grant programmes, such as European funding, where authorities are simply one of the recipients of funding paid towards an area.