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Local Government Finance

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make an assessment of the potential efficiency savings which could be achieved through closer integration of local authority and national park authority (a) planning, (b) personnel and payroll, (c) democratic services and (d) marketing functions. (302197)

The English National Park Authorities and the Broads Authority are expected to operate as efficiently as possible. This includes sharing services with local authorities or other organisations whenever that is cost-effective and when they can do so without impeding their ability to deliver the statutory National Park purposes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much gross revenue has been raised from the parish precept on council tax in each year since 1997-98. (307218)

The information requested is in the following table.

Parish precepts: England

£ million

1997-98

144

1998-99

154

1999-2000

165

2000-01

181

2001-02

193

2002-03

210

2003-04

226

2004-05

241

2005-06

260

2006-07

279

2007-08

299

2008-09

322

2009-10

340

Source:

Budget Requirement (BR) returns from local authorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much (a) in total and (b) per capita is planned to be provided through the (i) provisional local authority formula grant and (ii) adjusted provisional local authority formula grant in (A) England, (B) the South West Region, (C) each local authority in the South West Region in financial year (1) 2009-10 and (2) 2010-11; (307363)

(2) how much (a) in total and (b) per capita was provided through the (i) local authority formula grant and (ii) adjusted local authority formula grant for (A) England, (B) the South West Region and (C) each local authority in the South West Region in each year from 1997-98 to 2008-09.

A table showing the year-on-year change on a like-for-like basis for all local authorities for the period 1998-99 to 2010-11 has been placed in the Library.

The Department only holds data on adjusted formula grant from 1997-98. This is because it only became necessary to make these adjustments when guarantees were introduced that ensured that no authority could lose grant, year-on-year, on a like-for-like basis. Consequently it is not possible to provide the increases on a like-for-like basis for 1997-98.

The previous year's formula grant is adjusted for changes in function and funding to enable a like-for-like comparison. This is the only purpose of the adjustment: the local authority's grant for the previous year is not changed.

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.

Before 2006-07, support for schools was paid through formula grant. In 2006-07 funding for schools was transferred to the Dedicated Schools Grant. That is why all authorities which have responsibility for schools will see a large decrease in their grant between 2005-06 and 2006-07 on an absolute (non like-for-like) basis.

Before 2006-07, the main measure of population used in the Local Government Finance Settlement was the sub-national estimates. From 2006-07 onwards, sub-national population projections were used instead. The per head figures have been calculated using the main measure of population used for each settlement.