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Local Authorities: Finance

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding his Department provided to local authorities in 2009-10; how much it expects to provide in 2010-11 by (a) programme, (b) funding stream and (c) grant; what the nature and purpose of such funding was in 2009-10; and what mechanism was used for the allocation of funds between local authorities. (300296)

The Home Office (including UKBA) has provided the following funding to local authorities during 2009-10. Details of the grant stream, and the purpose of each are included.

£000

Grant stream name

Grant stream purpose

Budget

Total spend to date

Victims and Witness Champions

The role of the champions will be to promote the needs of antisocial behaviour victims and coordinate local services to ensure victims receive the support and information they want and need.

150

0

Private Space Violence Fund

The grant stream covers a number of local initiatives to tackle domestic violence. This ranges from providing support to voluntary organisations, holding awareness raising conferences, improving data collection, and starting perpetrator programmes.

3,500

72

National Support Network

To strengthen the effectiveness of local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) and Community safety Partnerships (CSPs)to respond to local concerns and deliver national priorities.

1, 000

0

Young People Substance Misuse Partnership Grant

To contribute towards the non ring fenced area based grant. It acts as an important lever for increasing the priority given to young people and drugs by drugs action teams and local authorities

15,392

0

Drugs Intervention programme

To integrate measures for directing adult drug-misusing offenders out of crime and into treatment. Payments to drug action teams

88,400

43,558

Place Based Support Fund (including vigilance grant)

To fund a strategic programme of support for local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) or Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) in Wales. Funding aims to enable partnerships to improve public confidence in the work they do and ultimately reduce crime.

2,500

213

Safer Stronger Communities Fund (SSCF)

To provide opportunities for people to work more closely with the police and other authorities in their neighbourhoods to create safer communities. (Resource)

61,147

19,135

Safer Stronger Communities Fund (SSCF)

To provide opportunities for people to work more closely with the police and other authorities in their neighbourhoods to create safer communities. (Capital)

18,872

9,436

NCJG Coordinator Allocation Work Priorities Allocation ASB Victims and Witnesses Allocation

Taking forward Neighbourhood Justice activities in 60 areas across the country. This includes improving the local public offer in terms of:

4,595

263

One dialogue with the public on crime, policing and justice

Services delivering on their public commitments/minimum standards e.g. Policing Pledge, Victims Code, Witness Charter etc

Much increased public awareness of consequences for offenders, particularly Community Payback and publicising sentencing outcomes

Access to the Community Crime Fighters programme

OSCT Prevent: Social Research

To fund research identified by Prevent SBSR Team as essential to the development of a sound evidence base for strategy and policy in managing extremism in prisons

31

31

OSCT Protect—Crowded Places

To reduce the vulnerability of high to medium-high sites in England and Wales

5,500

0

OSCT Prevent: Identification and Referral -Objectives 2 and 3

15 projects lead by GO'S, local authorities and voluntary organisations in support of prevent objectives 2 and 3

490

10

Local Consortia Enabling Grants

Enabling Grants L SE, SW&W, MIDS, Sc and NI, NE and NW, Yorkshire and Humberside provide support to organisations for the coordination and provision of advice, support and services for all migrants.

1, 570

785

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)

UASC Grants- England, Scotland & Wales Funding provided to local authorities as required under statute to contribute towards costs incurred by each authority

127,000

66,855

Leaving Care Grants

Leaving Care Grants - Funding provided to local authorities as required under statute to contribute towards costs incurred by each authority

17,200

8,600

Treasury Invest to Save Budget (ISB)

Support for the Changing Community in Crewe - aims to co-ordinate an improved response to the needs of the migrant worker population and reduce the additional stress on service providers at a District and County level.

51

0

The total expenditure to date includes payments made up to the end of September 2009. Where no expenditure to date has occurred, this will be due to a variety of reasons, including:

1. Grant stream recently agreed, therefore no payments have yet been made

2. Grant recipient has not provided evidence of expenditure incurred, therefore no payments to date occurred

The Home Office has not yet finalised expected provision (by programme, funding stream, or grant) for 2010-11 to this level of detail. However, the Home Office has announced funding for area based grant across the entire spending review, comprising:

£

Safer Stronger Communities Fund (Resource)

61,146,931

Young People Substance Misuse Partnership Grant

15,392,326

The Home Office adopts a variety of mechanisms by which to determine the allocation to each local authority. In relation to grants, there are the following mechanisms:

Formula based (e.g. Safer Stronger Communities Fund)—each local authority has a pre-determined allocation based upon a formula that ensures a commensurate allocation throughout the country

Bid based—all local authorities are entitled to bid for funding as per the business plan that they provide. These bids are then considered, and assessed against criteria such as value for money and allocations determined accordingly.

Funding pot availability—a specific maximum amount per grant is set, and each local authority may submit a bid within that maximum ceiling.

Fixed rate basis (e.g. UASC—Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers Children)—the grant payable to local authorities is on a fixed rate (e.g. per UASC per night), with many authorities having different grant rates, according to their numbers of UASC and individual circumstances.

Fixed rate once specified thresholds exceeded (e.g. Leaving Care grant)—paid to local authorities, at a rate of £100 per week per former UASC aged over 18, after the first 25 cases have been discounted.