Local Government Finance: Northampton

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Sally Keeble Sally Keeble Labour, Northampton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Government provided in grants to Northampton Borough Council in (a) 1997, (b) 2001, (c) 2005 and (d) the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Barbara Follett Barbara Follett Minister of State (the East of England), Regional Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (the East of England), Department for Communities and Local Government

The information requested is tabled as follows:

Central Government grant
1997-98 13,863
2001-02 15,692
2005-06 18,718
2008-09 22,334
Source: Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn Summary (RS) returns.

The definition of central Government grant used here is 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 council's core services. In past years, where applicable the standard spending assessment reduction grant and Central Support Protection Grants have also been included. For 2008-09 it also includes Area Based Grant.

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.

Comparison across years may not be valid owing to changing local authority responsibilities.

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