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Community Development: Safety

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much each local authority in England and Wales spent on community safety in 2005-06; and what proportion of each authority's total expenditure this represented. (128908)

[holding answer 20 March 2007]: Information on how much each local authority in England spent on community safety in 2005-06 has been made available in a table which has been placed in the Library of the House. The data are as recorded on revenue and capital outturn returns submitted to this Department by each local authority.

Information for Welsh local authorities is a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average expenditure was on community safety by local authorities in 2005-06, broken down by type of local authority; and what proportion of total expenditure this represented. (128909)

[holding answer 20 March 2007]: The information requested for English local authorities is shown in the following table.

Expenditure on community safety, police and fire services by type of local authority: 2005-06

Average expenditure (£ million)

Proportion of total expenditure (Percentage)

London boroughs

5

1

Metropolitan districts

3

0

Unitary authorities

2

1

Shire counties

11

1

Shire districts

0

2

Police authorities

225

78

Fire authorities

46

72

Greater London Authority

3,561

48

Other authorities

0

0

Source:

Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn and Capital Outturn Returns

Community safety is defined as the whole of expenditure on police and fire services plus the revenue spending on crime reduction and safety services and capital spending on community safety. These categories capture spending on community safety which authorities cannot clearly or properly allocate to a specific service.