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Council Tax: Pensions

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 19 November 2008, Official Report, column 505W, on council tax: pensions, what proportion of local authority revenue went towards meeting pension liabilities and costs in the latest period for which information is available. (244484)

The proportion of local authority revenue expenditure in 2007-08 that comprised employers' contributions to pension funds and other retirement benefits was 8 per cent. Information used to compile this percentage was published in the ‘Local Authority Revenue Expenditure and Financing England 2007-08 Final Outturn’ statistical release on 28 November 2008.

Revenue expenditure defined here is that expenditure financed by grants inside Aggregate External Finance (i.e. revenue grants paid for council's core services), council tax and authorities' reserves and is on a non-Financial Reporting Standard (FRS) 17 basis.