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Sport and Recreation: Funding

Volume 715: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Communities and Local Government provided for local authority sporting and recreational provision in each year from 2004 to 2009. [HL480]

The only direct grant to local authorities during the requested period relating specifically to sporting and recreational provision is the £5 million funding for free swimming in 2009-10 that this department is contributing to a DCMS programme.

This department, and its predecessor departments, are responsible for paying revenue support grant and national non-domestic rates (which together with principal formula police grant comprise formula grant) to local government. This is the main general grant paid to councils on behalf of Government as a whole and covers all local authority services, including sport and recreation. However, the grant is unhypothecated and decisions on the use of this funding are for local authorities.

There are other unhypothecated grants paid to local authorities mainly paid under Section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003 such as area based grant, where decisions on the use of this funding are also for local authorities.