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House of Commons Hansard
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Local Government Finance
29 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what mechanisms he plans to make efficiency savings in local government in the next three years; what targets he has set local authorities on efficiency savings; and whether he plans to change the level of funding provided by his Department to local authorities. [324003]

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Local Government have to try to achieve at least 3 per cent. efficiency savings in each of the first two years of the 2007 comprehensive spending review period (2008-09 and 2009-10) and 4 per cent. in 2010-11. Overall, we expect local authorities to achieve £5.5 billion in cumulative savings by the end of 2010-11.

No overall target has been set for efficiency savings in 2011-12 and 2012-13. However, the 2009 pre-Budget report set out the potential for local government to make £800 million savings by 2012-13, of which £550 million could come from more efficient waste collection and disposal; reducing the burden of inspection, assessment and reporting requirements across Government measures to reduce duplication and inefficiency between the different tiers of local government and a further £250 million could come from reducing variations in spend on residential care.

In the 2010 Budget, we confirmed £11 billion of savings across the public sector through the Operational Efficiency Programme and ‘Putting the Frontline First: Smarter Government’. Local government is expected to contribute savings of £2.1 billion towards this total.

Decisions about public spending overall from 2011-12 will be taken in the spending review.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the monetary value was (a) in total and (b) per capita of the provisional local authority formula grant for (i) England, (ii) the South West and (iii) each local authority in the South West in each year from 1979 to 1997; [325016]

(2) what the monetary value was (a) in total and (b) per capita of the local authority formula grant for (i) England, (ii) the South West and (iii) each local authority in the South West in each year from 1979 to 1997.

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Formula grant comprises revenue support grant, redistributed business rates and principal formula police grant, where appropriate.

CLG does not keep records of the provisional allocations of formula grant.

CLG only hold records of the amount of revenue support grant and redistributed business rates allocated to local authorities from 1990-91, the start of the SSA system. We do not hold records of the Home Office police grant over this period.

Prior to 1993-94 formula grant was provided only to billing authorities.

A table has been laid in the Library of the House providing CLG formula grant (which comprises revenue support grant plus redistributed business rates), the population data used in the calculation of that year's formula grant, and the CLG formula grant per head for all authorities, together with the totals.

Local government reorganisation occurred during this period. We have provided the data for all authorities that existed during this period. Where authorities did not exist for a particular year the area has been greyed out.