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Kent

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) revenue payment, (b) capital grant and (c) supported borrowing funding has been made available by his Department to (i) Kent County Council, (ii) Thanet District Council and (iii) Dover District Council in 2008-09; and how much is planned in each case for 2009-10. (255092)

The following tables show the transport capital and revenue funding the Department for Transport has allocated to Kent county council for 2008-09 and 2009-10. In county areas, funding is made to the upper tier authority. Allocations are not ring-fenced and local transport authorities have discretion to spend their allocations in line with their priorities.

The tables indicate the proportion of capital allocations allowed for within the Department for Communities and Local Government’s formula grant settlement as supported borrowing, and the proportion of grant provided by the Department. Figures shown are in £ millions.

Kent county council—capital funding

£ million

Integrated Transport(IT) Block

Highways Maintenance(HM)

Proportion of IT and HM provided as supported borrowing (percentage)

Proportion of IT and HM provided as grant (percentage)

Other funding1 (grant)

Total capital funding

2009-10

14.627

25.775

35.575

4.827

0.516

40.918

2008-09

13.383

23.972

32.560

4.795

0.553

37.908

1 Other capital funding comprises capital detrunking and capital road safety.

Most revenue expenditure on transport is supported through the Department for Communities and Local Government’s formula grant, but the Department has made the following specific revenue grants to Kent county council:

Kent county council—specific revenue funding

£ million

Road safety revenue

Revenue detrunking

Specific bus grants1

Total revenue funding

2009-10

2.317

0.272

2.395

9.405

2008-09

2.484

0.265

2.577

9.646

1 The figures comprise spend for the Urban Bus challenge (UBC), the Rural Bus Challenge (RBC), Kickstart bus projects and allocations for the Rural Bus Subsidy Grant (RBSG).

The following table shows the allocations that the Department for Transport makes to Thanet and Dover district councils in respect of concessionary fares. (These authorities also receive additional concessionary fares funding through the Department for Communities and Local Government’s formula grant.)

Concessionary fares funding1

£ million

Thanet district council

Dover district council

2009-10

0.540

0.340

2008-09

0.520

0.330

1 Special grant allocation.