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Local Government

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was allocated to each local authority in Gloucestershire in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 for concessionary fees; and how much of the allocation has been spent in each case. (111423)

Concessionary fares is one of the services supported through formula grant, which consists of Revenue Support Grant, redistributed business rates and, where appropriate, principal formula Police Grant.

Formula grant is an unhypothecated block grant i.e. authorities are free to spend it on any service. For this reason, and because of the method of calculating formula grant, particularly floor damping, it is not possible to say how much grant was provided for any particular service.

Data on local authorities’ expenditure can only be collected once the reference period has finished. Data on expenditure on concessionary fares in 2006-07 are expected to be published in November 2007.