Departmental Policies (East Devon)

Transport, Local Government and the Regions written question – answered on 19th December 2001.

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Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire Conservative, East Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the East Devon constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997.

Photo of Alan Whitehead Alan Whitehead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Transport, Local Government and Regions)

The principal funding that this Department has provided to East Devon district council and Devon county council in the years 1997–98 to 2001–02 is shown in the tables. These include grants and borrowing approvals for revenue and capital expenditure.

It is not possible to determine how much of this money has been spent on East Devon constituency. It is for the local authority to decide where within its boundary these resources are applied.

£ million
Nature of funding 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03
East Devon district council
Revenue Support Grant(64) 2.510 2.173 2.086 1.742 2.063 (65)1.541
Income from National Non-Domestic Rates(64) 3.924 3.949 4.272 4.738 4.738 (65)5.385
Housing Investment Programme (68)0.518 0.671 1.007 (69)1.715 (70)3.220 (71)1.204
Housing Revenue Account Subsidy 0 0 0 0 (74)1.383 n/k
Capital Receipts Initiative 0.162 0.495 0.000 n/a n/a
Single Capital Pot(66) 0.477
Devon county council
Revenue Support Grant(64) (67)266.389 155.634 158.924 150.930 166.866 (65)153.390
Income from National Non-Domestic Rates(64) (67)205.912 138.460 151.558 173.050 170.054 (65)187.755
Local Government Reorganisation Supplementary Credit Approval 1.812 0.765 0 0 0
Transport Supplementary Grant 1.738 1.238 1.861 0 0 0
Transport Supplementary Credit Approvals 0 0 0 0 1.350 1.000
Transport Annual Capital Guideline 1.738 1.238 1.861 0 0 (73)n/a
Transport Block Supplementary Credit Approval 2.560 1.214 2.842 10.281 20.703 (73)n/k
Rural Bus Challenge Grant(72) 0 0 0.640 0.300 n/k n/k
Rural Bus Subsidy Grant 0 1.409 1.409 1.409 1.799 2.059
Capital Challenge (Supplementary Credit and Basic Credit Approvals) 2.694 2.257 1.554 0 0
Single Capital Pot(66) 40.498

(64) The amounts of Revenue Support Grant and Income from National Non-Domestic Rates shown for 1997–98 and 1998–99 are the revised amounts allocated under""The Local Government Finance Report (England) 1997–98 Amending Report 1999" and "The Local Government Finance Report (England) 1998–99 Amending Report 2000" respectively.

(65) The amounts of Revenue Support Grant and Income from National Non-Domestic Rates shown for 2002–03 are provisional and are subject to change. Final figures will be available in February 2002.

(66) 2002–03 is the first year of the Single Capital Pot. It is a cross-service capital allocation mechanism incorporating funding for Transport, Housing, Education and Social Services. The funding is not ring-fenced for any particular service so Councils have flexibility to take national and local priorities into account in determining their investment plans. Education and Social Services allocations do not appear in the table for earlier years.

(67) Devon was subject to a Structural Change Order on 1 April 1998. The figures for Revenue Support Grant and National Non-Domestic Rates quoted for Devon county council for 1997–98 include an amount for the areas covered by The City of Plymouth and The Borough of Torbay. The figures for 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01 and 2001–02 exclude the amount for the areas covered by The City of Plymouth and The Borough of Torbay.

(68) 1997–98 HIP allocation inherited from the previous Government's spending plans. Present Government introduced CRI from 1997–98

(69) Single Housing Pot introduced from 2000–01 resulting in CRI being merged with HIP

(70) Resource accounting has resulted in a change to the way capital resources are allocated for 2001–02, with the introduction of a new Major Repairs Allowance (MRA) to cover the cost of maintaining local authority housing in a sound condition. East Devon's MRA allocation for 2001–02 is £2.274 million and, for comparison purposes, is included in the 2001–02 HIP allocation above.

(71) HIP allocation only, MRA and Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) allocations for 2002–03 not yet announced. DFG included within HIP figures shown for all years 1997–98 to 2001–02.

(72) Rural Bus Challenge figures represent awards—actual spend profiles for schemes may cover more than one year. Awards for 2001–02 and 2002–03 not yet announced.

(73) Transport Annual Capital Guidelines are included in the Single Capital pot for 2002–03. Prior to 2002–03 and the introduction of the Single Capital Pot, the transport block was allocated through Supplementary Credit Approvals.

(74) Provisional

Parts of the Constituency were included in the areas covered by one SRB scheme. Funding provided for the scheme since 1997–98 is included in the table.

SRB scheme
Unlocking potential
1997–98 128,000
1998–99 134,000
1999–2000 128,000

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