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Local Government: Per Capita Costs

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average central Government grant per capita was to (a) district councils, (b) unitary councils, (c) county councils, (d) metropolitan councils, (e) London boroughs, (f) police authorities and (g) fire authorities in each year since 1997-98. (306890)

The average central Government grant per capita for the classes of authority specified since 1997-98 is as follows:

£ per head

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

District councils

65

62

63

65

68

71

78

75

79

91

94

98

Unitary councils

604

633

674

728

775

823

951

980

1,042

1,085

1,132

1,201

County councils

501

476

505

549

588

616

691

730

772

800

841

889

Metropolitan councils

674

723

775

834

897

947

1,097

1,165

1,238

1,288

1,341

1,414

London boroughs

801

841

890

947

1,006

1,052

1,184

1,239

1,307

1,355

1,416

1,473

Police authorities1

117

120

122

108

115

118

126

130

136

135

142

145

Fire authorities2,3

12

12

13

9

9

9

10

24

24

22

22

23

1 From 2000-01 onwards Metropolitan Police Authority data are collected within Greater London Authority. Hence separate data are not available.

2 From 2000-01 onwards London Fire and Civil Defence Authority data are collected within Greater London Authority. Hence separate data are not available.

3 From 2004-05 onwards Combined Fire Authorities (CFA) became precepting authorities.

Source:

Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn (RO) returns from 1997-98 to 2008-09

The definition of central Government grant used here is the sum of Formula Grant (revenue support grant, redistributed non-domestic rates and police grant), Greater London Authority (GLA) grant and specific grants inside Aggregate External Finance (AEF), i.e. revenue grants paid for council's core services. In past years, where applicable the SSA reduction grant and Central Support Protection Grants have also been included. From 2008-09 it also includes Area Based Grant (ABG).

Figures exclude grants outside AEF (i.e. where funding is not for authorities' core services, but is passed to a third party, for example, rent allowances and rebates), capital grants, funding for the local authorities' housing management responsibilities and those grant programmes (such as European funding) where authorities are simply one of the recipients of funding paid towards an area.

Per capita figures are calculated using Office for National Statistics' (ONS) Mid-Year Population estimates from 1997 to 2008.

From 2000-01 onwards Metropolitan Police Authority and London Fire and Civil Defence Authority data are collected within Greater London Authority returns. Hence separate data are not available.

From 2004-05 Combined Fire Authorities (CFA) became precepting authorities. Prior to this CFAs levied on county councils' budget requirements.

Comparison across years may not be valid owing to changing local authority responsibilities.