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Local Government Finance: York

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much general revenue funding has been allocated to City of York unitary authority in each year since 1996-97. (285705)

The following table shows the increases for the City of York in formula grant for each year from 1998-99 onwards on a like-for-like basis, i.e. after adjusting for changes in function and funding.

Prior years adjusted Formula Grant2(£ million)

Current year's Formula Grant(£ million)

Change(£ million)

Change(percentage)

1998-99:

80.691

80.541

-0.150

-0.2

1999-2000:

80.541

84.473

3.932

4.9

2000-01:

84.473

87.978

3.505

4.1

2001-02:

87.529

90.330

2.801

3.2

2002-03:

86.030

91.050

5.019

5.8

Amended 2003-04:

95.109

99.890

4.781

5.0

Amended 2004-05:

96.364

102.518

6.154

6.4

Amended 2005-06:

103.678

108.820

5.142

5.0

2006-0f:

35.965

37.151

1.187

3.3

2007-08:

36.950

38.343

1.392

3.8

2008-09:

41.041

42.366

1.325

3.2

2009-10:

42.321

43.480

1.160

2.7

2010-11 provisional:

43.463

44.571

1.108

2.5

1 The prior year's formula grant is adjusted for changes in function and funding to enable a like-for-like comparison.

2 Formula Grant comprises Revenue Support Grant, redistributed business rates, principal formula Police Grant, SSA Reduction Grant (SSA Review), SSA Reduction Grant (Police Funding Review) and Central Support Protection Grant where appropriate.

3 Prior to 2006-07 support for schools was paid through formula grant. In 2006-07 funding for schools transferred to the Dedicated Schools Grant.

The amount of formula grant an authority receives each year is not directly comparable due to changes in funding and functions. For example, prior to 2006-07 funding for schools was included within formula grant; from 2006-07 onwards funding for schools was provided by the Dedicated Schools Grant. For this reason, we therefore adjust the prior year's formula grant, for comparison purposes only, so that it reflects the notional amount of formula grant an authority would have received in that year had we been financing the same services as in the current year.

The Department only holds data on year-on-year changes in formula grant on a like-for-like basis from 1997-98. This is because it only became necessary to make these calculations when guarantees were introduced that formula grant would not go down from one year to the next.