Council Tax: Greater London

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 17th September 2007.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the ratio between central Government funding and council tax revenue was for (a) all London boroughs and (b) each London borough in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government

The ratio between central Government funding and council tax revenue for London boroughs over the last 10 years is shown in the following table.

Central Government funding is defined here as the sum of formula grant (revenue support grant, police grant and redistributed non-domestic rates) and specific grants inside Aggregate External Finance (AEF), i.e. revenue grants paid for council's core services. In past years, where applicable, the SSA Reduction Grant and Central Support Protection Grant have also been included.

Council tax revenue is defined here as the local authority council tax requirement (i.e. the council tax used to finance revenue expenditure), not council tax collected.

Comparisons across years may not be valid due to changing local authority responsibilities and changes in funding and function.

Figures exclude grants outside AEF (i.e. where funding is not for authorities' core services, but is passed to a third party, for example, rent allowances and rebates), capital grants, funding for the local authorities' housing management responsibilities and those grant programmes (such as European funding) where authorities are simply one of the recipients of funding paid towards an area.

Ratio between central Government funding and council tax revenue for London boroughs, 1997-98 to 2006-07
1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-0 6 2006-07( 1)
London boroughs 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.6 3.7 3.8
London boroughs plus City of London 3.7 3.8 3.8 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.7 3.7 3.8 3.8
Barking and Dagenham 4.3 4.5 4.8 5.1 5.1 5.1 5.2 5.0 5.0 6.1
Barnet 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.5 2.4 2.2 2.1 2.2 2.3
Bexley 2.9 2.8 2.9 2.9 2.9 2.9 2.7 2.6 2.7 2.8
Brent 5.1 5.1 4.6 4.5 4.6 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.3 4.4
Bromley 2.3 2.4 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.2 2.3 2.2 2.2 2.3
Camden 3.4 3.1 3.2 3.4 3.5 3.5 3.3 3.3 3.5 3.5
City of London 63.4 50.5 46.7 43.8 40.0 41.0 38.8 35.3 31.8 28.8
Croydon 3.1 2.9 2.8 2.9 3.2 3.4 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.1
Ealing 3.8 3.7 3.5 3.6 3.6 3.5 3.1 2.9 3.1 3.0
Enfield 3.3 3.4 3.4 3.5 3.5 3.4 3.3 3.2 3.2 3.7
Greenwich 4.0 3.8 4.2 4.6 4.8 4.8 5.0 5.0 5.4 5.3
Hackney 6.0 5.9 6.2 6.1 8.5 7.5 6.8 6.4 6.5 6.6
Hammersmith and Fulham 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.3 3.6 3.4
Haringey 3.4 3.7 3.8 4.3 4.6 4.7 4.4 4.2 4.0 4.0
Harrow 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.3 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.3
Havering 2.5 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.3 2.2 2.1 2.1 2.2 2.3
Hillingdon 2.9 2.8 2.8 2.6 2.9 2.8 2.7 2.7 3.0 2.9
Hounslow 3.3 3.3 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.0 2.9 2.8 2.8 2.9
Islington 3.6 3.7 4.1 4.7 5.1 5.5 5.1 4.7 4.5 4.9
Kensington and Chelsea 3.2 3.2 3.1 3.1 2.9 2.8 2.8 2.6 2.6 2.7
Kingston upon Thames 2.2 2.1 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8
Lambeth 5.3 5.6 6.0 6.3 5.7 5.6 5.0 5.0 4.9 5.2
Lewisham 4.9 5.1 5.0 5.0 4.7 4.4 4.9 5.1 4.8 4.8
Merton 2.3 2.3 2.4 2.3 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.5 2.6
Newham 7.5 7.9 8.2 8.2 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.0 8.3 8.2
Redbridge 3.4 3.4 3.3 3.4 3.6 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2
Richmond upon Thames 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.4 1.4 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.3
Southwark 4.5 4.5 4.8 5.3 5.2 5.4 6.2 6.3 6.6 6.2
Sutton 2.6 2.5 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.5 2.6 2.5 2.5
Tower Hamlets 8.5 8.8 8.9 8.7 8.2 8.4 8.1 8.1 8.2 8.2
Waltham Forest 3.4 3.8 4.0 4.2 4.4 4.5 4.1 4.0 4.0 4.0
Wandsworth 6.2 9.4 8.0 8.1 7.2 9.8 7.0 7.1 7.3 7.6
Westminster 10.0 9.2 8.8 8.8 8.1 8.1 7.2 6.5 6.8 6.9
(1) Based on provisional outturn figures.

Source:

Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn (RO) returns—RS data.

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