Local Government Finance

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Clive Betts Clive Betts Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what specific grants and ring-fenced funding he has paid to local authorities in 2011-12; and what such grants and funding he plans to pay to local authorities in 2012-13.

Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Minister for Housing

holding answer 5 July 2012

In line with Government policy my Department has not made any payments to local authorities that have been ring-fenced in 2011-12 and there are no plans to do so in 2012-13.

My Department paid specific grants to local authorities from a number of DCLG programmes in 2011-12 totalling £2.3 billion; the programmes are broken down in the following table. As set out in the Department's business plan we estimate that the Department will provide total funding for specific grants of around £1.5 billion in 2012-13. The details have not yet been finalised but funding will be from programmes including Disabled Facilities Grant, Decent Homes, Weekly Waste, Preventing Homelessness.

However as set out in the Statement of Intent published in June 2012 the Government has considered the scope for further simplification and will include a number of specific grants in the business rates retention system from April 2013.

All grant spending, including specific grants to local authorities, over £500 since 2008-09 is also published on the website as part of my Department's broader transparency agenda.

£000
Programme name Resource grant Capital grant Total
Housing—New Homes Bonus 234,260 0 234,260
Housing—Affordable Housing programme 0 35,130 35,130
Housing—Property and Regeneration programme 0 136,798 136,798
Housing—Preventing Homelessness(1) 131,635 0 131,635
Housing—Decent Homes programme 0 300,000 300,000
Housing—Other 7,247 40,705 47,952
Growing Places Fund 8,427 453,083 461,510
Disabled Facilities Grants 0 180,007 180,007
Fire 79,801 113,494 193,295
Decentralisation and Big Society 1,853 0 1,853
London Settlement (GLA) 321,552 28,230 349,782
Olympic Legacy and Thames Gateway 9,454 120,577 130,031
Troubled Families 8,519 0 8,519
Transition Grant(2) 96,199 0 96,199
Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder(2) 4,001 0 4,001
Other small grants 1,800 0 1,800
  904,748 1,408,024 2,312,772
(1) Preventing Homeless was paid in part (£90,340) through Local Services Support Grant (2) Transition Grant and Neighbourhood Management Pathfinders grant were paid entirely through Local Services Support Grant

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