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Local Government: Pay

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional funding has been allocated to (a) local authorities in England and (b) Scotland under the Barnett formula for the costs of dealing with Single Status matters. (181945)

No additional funding has been made available in England in the form of grants from central Government specifically for Single Status implementation. All financial pressures on local authorities are taken into account when deciding the financial settlement for local government in spending reviews. Local authorities in England have been given permission to capitalise expenditure on the implementation of Single Status agreements. In 2006-07 the amount capitalised for this purpose was £121.1 million. In 2007-08 capitalisation directions totalling £500 million have been issued to local authorities, but actual use of these directions will be published in summer 2008.

No additional Departmental Expenditure Limit funding has been made available to the Scottish Executive under the Barnett formula, because no additional funding for Single Status implementation was made available to English local authorities. The funding of local authorities in Scotland is a devolved matter within the framework of the UK public expenditure system.