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Local Government: Per Capita Costs

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2009, Official Report, columns 1292-3W, on local government: per capita costs, 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 in real terms in 2009 prices. (324007)

The average central Government grant per capita for the classes of authority specified since 1997-98 in real terms at 2008-09 prices is shown in the following table.

£ 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

85

79

79

80

82

82

89

83

86

96

96

98

Unitary councils

786

806

843

898

936

962

1,081

1,084

1,132

1,144

1,161

1,201

County councils

651

607

632

677

709

720

786

808

839

844

863

889

Metropolitan councils

877

921

969

1,029

1,082

1,107

1,247

1,289

1,344

1,358

1,375

1,414

London boroughs

1,043

1,072

1,113

1,169

1,214

1,230

1,346

1,371

1,419

1,430

1,452

1,473

Police authorities1

152

153

153

134

139

138

143

144

147

143

145

145

Fire authorities2,3

15

16

16

11

11

11

11

26

26

23

23

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.

Notes:

1. 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).

2. 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.

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

4. The real terms figures are calculated using the latest HM Treasury GDP deflators.

5. 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.

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

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