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Local Government Finance: Lancashire

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding the Government provided to (a) Lancashire county council and (b) Preston city council in real terms in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2009. (308652)

The following table shows central Government funding provided to Lancashire county council and Preston city council in real terms at 2008-09 prices. Figures between the two years are not directly comparable because those for 1997-98 are based on outturn information whereas those for 2009-10 are based on budget information. In addition, local authorities may not have had complete information about all central Government grants at the time of completing the budget returns.

£ million

1997-98

2009-10

Lancashire

955.4

1,210.0

Preston

16.9

21.9

Source:

Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn (RO) returns for 1997-98 and 2009-10.

The definition of central Government grant used here is the sum of formula grant (revenue support grant, redistributed non-domestic rates and police grant) and specific grants inside aggregate external finance (AEF), i.e. revenue grants paid for council’s core services. In 2009-10 figures include 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.