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Local Authorities: Grants

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, columns 667-68W, on local authorities: grants, what the grant per capita to each local authority was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and what the average grant per capita to (i) district councils, (ii) unitary councils, (iii) county councils, (iv) metropolitan councils and (v) London boroughs was in (A) 2006-07 and (B) 2007-08. (180197)

I have placed in the Library of the House a table showing the information on central Government grant per capita for each local authority in 2006-07 and budget estimates for 2007-08.

The average central Government grant per capita by class of authority in 2006-07 and budget estimates for 2007-08 is in the following table.

£ per head

Class of authority

2006-07

2007-08

District councils

91

90

Unitary councils

1,085

1,109

County councils

800

833

Metropolitan councils

1,288

1,316

London boroughs (including City of London)

1,359

1,402

Source: Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn (RO) 2006-07 returns and Revenue Account (RA) 2007-08 budget estimates returns.

Central Government grant is defined here as the sum of formula grant (revenue support grant, police grant, general GLA grant and redistributed non-domestic rates) and specific grants inside Aggregate External Finance (AEF), i.e. revenue grants paid for councils’ core services.

Figures exclude grants outside AEF (i.e. where funding is not for authorities' core services, but is passed to a third party; for example, rent allowances and rebates), capital grants, funding for the local authorities' housing management responsibilities and those grant programmes (such as European funding) where authorities are simply one of the recipients of funding paid towards an area.

Per capita figures for 2006-07 and 2007-08 are based on Office for National Statistics' (ONS) 2006 Mid-Year Population estimates. 2007 Mid-Year Population estimates are not published yet.

Comparisons across years may not be valid due to changing local authority responsibilities.