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Local Government Finance

Volume 497: debated on Thursday 22 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what data sets on (a) council tax collection, (b) business rate collection and (c) other matters not contained in the national indicator set local authorities are required to provide to his Department. (294131)

The following data set on the collection of (a) council tax and (b) business rates by local authorities are collected by the Local Government Finance directorate in Communities and Local Government:

BR—Budget Requirement

NNDR—Non Domestic Rates Pool

QRC—Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rate Collections

CTB—Council Tax Base.

Examples of the forms used to collect the data from local authorities can be found on the Department's website at:

(c) Communities and Local Government does not hold a central register of information and datasets collected from local authorities and to produce a definitive list of such collections would involve disproportionate cost. However, where it has been possible to readily identify such collections, these are in the following list.

In addition to council tax and business rates information, the following finance information is collected:

CER—Capital Estimates Return

RA, SG and BID—Revenue Account Budgets and Business Improvement District Revenue Account Transactions

CPR—Capital Payments and Receipts

QB—Quarterly Borrowing and Lending

QRW—Quarterly Return of Wages and Salaries

MB—Monthly Borrowing and Lending

RO—Revenue Outturn Suite

COR—Capital Outturn Suite

WGA—Whole of Government Accounts

SF3—Pension Funds Account

CFR—Capital Forecast Return

BR—Budget Requirement.

Local authorities voluntarily provide the Department with the following data returns, which are collected for uses such as to inform national policy direction. Those with an asterisk include some information which is used to calculate national indicators:

P2 Quarterly Housebuilding*

P1B—Sales of Council Dwellings (quarterly)

PIE—Households affected by Homeless provisions of 1996 housing act (quarterly)*

PSF—Combined development control PS1/PS2/FEE1 (quarterly)

CPS1/2 and FEE2—General Development Control and Fees received for planning applications (quarterly)

GTCC_M—Gypsy and Traveller Caravan Count (collected bi-annually)

AGB—Annual Green Belt (annual)

HFR—Housing Flows Reconciliation (annual)

HSSA—Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (annual)

BPAM—Business Plan Annual Monitoring (annual)

NROSH—National Register of Social Housing

ROHLMO—Register of Homes of Multiple Occupation

ESEH—Electronic Survey of Empty Homes

Mortgage Rescue Scheme return

Quarterly Prevent report (through Government Offices)

Local authorities inform the Department how many rough sleepers they find when they carry out a street count. The total number of rough sleepers found on street counts is published annually.

The following datasets are collected from Fire and Rescue Services:

Data on incidents attended by Fire and Rescue Services (including NI 33 and NI 49, but additional information is available to CLG through the automated collection system for production of National Statistics.

HR data

Community Fire Safety

Fire Protection

Financial data

Health and Safety.