Local Government Finance: Warrington

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones PPS (Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo, Minister of State), Department of Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Government funding was allocated to Warrington borough council in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each of the last five years; and what the percentage increase in funding was in each such year (i) on each preceding year and (ii) taking 2000-01 as year one and 100 per cent.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

The central Government funding to Warrington borough council in each of the past five years in cash and real terms (at 2006-07 prices) and the percentage increase in funding in each such year on each preceding year and 2000-01 respectively is as follows.

£000 Percentage increase on preceding year Percentage increase on 2000-01 Index (2000-01 =100)
Cash terms
2002-03 137,423 4.1 11.8 111.8
2003-04 161,542 17.6 31.4 131.4
2004-05 167,085 3.4 35.9 135.9
2005-06 177,286 6.1 44.2 144.2
2006-07 188,825 6.5 53.6 153.6
Real terms (2006-07 prices)
2002-03 152,636 0.9 5.9 105.9
2003-04 174,372 14.2 20.9 120.9
2004-05 175,509 0.7 21.7 121.7
2005-06 182,372 3.9 26.5 126.5
2006-07 188,825 3.5 31.0 131.0
Source:

Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn (RO) returns

The large difference between 2002-03 and 2003-04 is mainly due to the increase in revenue support grant and the introduction of Supporting People programme specific grant from 1 April 2003.

Central Government funding is defined here as the sum of formula grant (revenue support grant and redistributed non-domestic rates) and specific grants inside aggregate external finance (AEF), i.e. revenue grants paid for councils' core services.

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.

The real terms figures have been revalued for years 2002-03 to 2005-06 at 2006-07 prices using the latest HM Treasury GDP deflators.

Comparisons across years may not be valid due to changing local authority responsibilities.

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