Fire Services: Finance

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

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the income of each fire and rescue authority in England was from (a) central Government grant, (b) council tax and (c) other sources in the most recent 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 proportion of the income from central Government grant, council tax and other sources for each fire and rescue authority in England in 2008-09 is in the following table.

Central Government grant Council tax Other sources
Greater Manchester Fire and CD Authority 64.4 34.0 1.6
Merseyside Fire and CD Authority 62.0 34.4 3.7
South Yorkshire Fire and CD Authority 60.8 36.1 3.0
Tyne and Wear Fire and CD Authority 59.4 35.4 5.1
West Midlands Fire and CD Authority 66.6 29.7 3.7
West Yorkshire Fire and CD Authority 62.9 36.3 0.7
Avon Combined Fire Authority 56.0 42.5 1.5
Bedfordshire Combined Fire Authority 40.4 57.2 2.4
Berkshire Combined Fire Authority 47.0 51.8 1.2
Buckinghamshire Combined Fire Authority 41.5 53.3 5.2
Cambridgeshire Combined Fire Authority 47.5 51.0 1.5
Cheshire Combined Fire Authority 43.1 55.4 1.5
Cleveland Combined Fire Authority 67.7 30.2 2.1
Derbyshire Combined Fire Authority 46.8 51.5 1.7
Devon and Somerset Combined Fire Authority 47.8 48.6 3.6
Dorset Combined Fire Authority 37.7 50.0 12.3
Durham Combined Fire Authority 47.0 52.8 0.3
East Sussex Combined Fire Authority 37.6 61.2 1.1
Essex Combined Fire Authority 44.2 54.2 1.6
Hampshire Combined Fire Authority 44.2 53.8 2.1
Hereford and Worcester Combined Fire Authority 37.5 59.0 3.5
Humberside Combined Fire Authority 53.9 44.1 1.9
Kent Combined Fire Authority 42.1 52.9 5.0
Lancashire Combined Fire Authority 53.8 44.3 1.9
Leicestershire Combined Fire Authority 55.0 43.9 1.1
North Yorkshire Combined Fire Authority 43.7 55.4 0.8
Nottinghamshire Combined Fire Authority 49.0 45.0 6.0
Shropshire Combined Fire Authority 37.1 59.6 3.3
Staffordshire Combined Fire Authority 43.4 55.0 1.6
Wiltshire Combined Fire Authority 39.9 58.5 1.6

Communities and Local Government revenue outturn (RO) returns and capital outturn (CO) returns

The definition of central Government grant used here is the sum of formula grant (revenue support grant and redistributed non-domestic rates), specific grants inside Aggregate External Finance (AEF) (i.e. revenue grants paid for council's core services), specific and special revenue 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), area based grant (ABG) and expenditure financed by capital grants from central Government.

The definition of council tax used here is council taxes financed from council tax benefit grant but excludes council taxes financed from local authority contributions to council tax benefit.

Other sources is defined as sum of interest and investment income-external receipts and dividends, sales fees and charges and in-year capital receipts.

Other sources exclude income reported by local authorities under 'other income' in RO returns as this includes internal recharges, which distorts the comparative figures on income.

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

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