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Kent

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funds in the form of (a) revenue payments, (b) capital grants and (c) supported borrowing for which his Department is responsible have been made available to (i) Kent County Council, (ii) Thanet District Council and (iii) Dover District Council in 2007-08. (183058)

The central Government revenue funding to Kent county council, Thanet district council and Dover district council in each year since 1993 is tabled as follows.

£000

Kent county council

Dover district council

Thanet district council

1993-94

845,077

7,929

11,394

1994-95

875,246

8,262

11,105

1995-96

754,685

8,088

10,613

1996-97

781,543

8,490

11,381

1997-98

786,516

8,522

11,457

1998-99

699,509

8,338

11,868

1999-2000

755,146

8,582

11,891

2000-01

841,362

9,147

12,297

2001-02

904,878

9,369

12,895

2002-03

960,539

9,646

13,218

2003-04

1,049,759

9,912

14,022

2004-05

1,094,036

9,450

14,432

2005-06

1,129,800

9,774

13,952

2006-07

1,168,806

10,811

15,766

Source:

Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn (RO) returns

The large differences between 1994-95 and 1995-96 and between 1997-98 and 1998-99 for Kent county council are as result of local authority re-organisation.

Central Government revenue funding is defined here as the sum of formula grant (revenue support grant, police grant and redistributed non-domestic rates) and specific grants inside aggregate external finance (AEF), i.e. revenue grants paid for councils' core services. In past years, it also includes the standard spending assessment reduction grant, central support protection grant, council tax benefit subsidy limitation scheme.

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.

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

The amount of capital grants provided to local authorities by central Government is not available. Funding of supported borrowing is included indistinguishably in revenue funding given in the aforementioned table.