asked Her Majesty's Government:
What were the efficiency savings found by each local authority in England in each of the last three years; and what proportion of their revenue budgets they amounted to in each of those years.
Councils in England report the value of efficiency gains that they have achieved annually in the Backward Look efficiency statement. The data for each of the last three years are published in spreadsheets online at www.communities.gov.uk/localgovernment/efficiencybetter/deliveringefficiency.
The spreadsheets also set out the efficiency target for each council. The target is based on a percentage of their baseline expenditure in 2004-05 (no target in 2004-05, 2.5 per cent in 2005-06 and 5 per cent in 2006-07).
Cumulative achievement of efficiency gains in the SR04 period by English councils collectively has been:
by the end of 2004-05: £760 million (1.89 per cent of 2004-05 baseline expenditure);by the end of 2005-06: £1,931 million (4.81 per cent of 2004-05 baseline expenditure); and by the end of 2006-07: £3,064 million (7.63 per cent of 2004-05 baseline expenditure).