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Local Authorities: Contingency Planning

Volume 712: debated on Wednesday 8 July 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what money they provided to local authorities in England and Wales in (a) 2006–07, (b) 2007–08, (c) 2008–09 and (d) 2009–10, to allow them to meet their duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004; and what money they will provide to local authorities in England and Wales in 2010–11 to allow them to meet those duties. [HL4283]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how local authorities in England and Wales have used the money provided to them by the Government in 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10 and planned for 2010–11 to meet their duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. [HL4292]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the expenditure by local authorities in England and Wales, separate from that of money provided by the Government, on emergency preparedness and response in 2006–07, 2007–08 and 2008–09. [HL4293]

The Government increased their contribution for local authorities' civil protection activities in England and Wales from £19.3 million in 2004-05 to £40.7 million in 2005-06 to reflect the new duties established by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

Since then, civil protection funding has been integrated into the formula grant for local authorities. The amounts for individual services and functions, including civil protection, are not hypothecated within the grant. Each local authority decides how much of its formula grant it will allocate to individual services.

As the Government grant is not hypothecated, it is also not possible to separate the amount authorities spend from the income they raise locally. However, the Local Authority Revenue Expenditure and Financing—Final Outturn Statistical Releases, published by the Department for Communities and Local Government, sets out total local authority expenditure on emergency planning in England (which may include other activity not covered by the Act). This shows an increase from £31.5 million in 2004-05 to £43.1 million in 2005-06, £51.1 million in 2006-07, and £58.5 million in 2007-08 (the latest figure available).