Participatory budgeting gives residents a real say in how part of a public budget is spent. The funding in each of the pilot areas set out in the reply of the 3 September 2007, Official Report, column 1683W, is being allocated according to participation by the public.
The administration budgets for the Government Offices for the regions in 2007-08 are set out in the following table.
£ GO North East 12,022,830 GO North West 16,115,770 GO Yorks and Humber 13,941,830 GO West Midlands 14,874,610 GO East Midlands 10,944,000 GO East 11,408,590 GO South East 12,929,200 GO South West 13,788,470 GO London 16,305,340
GO North East
GO North West
GO Yorks and Humber
GO West Midlands
GO East Midlands
GO South East
GO South West
Programme budgets administered by the Government Offices are the responsibility of the Secretaries of State for the relevant sponsor Departments.
The Audit Commission is the only inspectorate of local government to charge a fee element to authorities for inspection. The Department for Communities and Local Government is responsible for sponsorship of the Audit Commission. The total inspection fee income in 2006-07 published by the Commission was around £11 million. This is offset by Revenue Support Grant. CLG also pays grant to the Commission to underwrite the cost of its inspection activity. In 2006-07 this grant totalled £26 million.
The Department does not hold information about the costs of inspection of local authorities by other local inspectorates.
There are no definitive figures to calculate the indirect costs of inspection to local government. The Government are committed to changing the local inspection landscape and significantly reducing the cost and amount of inspection carried out; this includes reducing inspectorate expenditure by around a third over the medium term as overall inspectorate activity is reformed. Indirect costs of inspection are expected to reduce as the amount of inspection is reduced.