Civil Contingencies

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Robert Syms Robert Syms Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of the additional duties placed on local authorities by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004; and what proportion of these costs have been met from central funds.

Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)

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As a part of Spending Review 2004, Government officials worked closely with the Local Government Association to build up a detailed assessment of the costs facing local authorities in fulfilling their civil protection activities, including the requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act.

As a result of the Spending Review, the Government more than doubled its contribution to the cost of local authorities' civil protection work, providing £40.7 million for local authorities in England and Wales in each of the years covered by the review—2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08. This uplift in funding was welcomed by the Local Government Association.

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