The following table shows estimated expenditure by local authorities in England (£ million) on ‘private contractors and other agencies’ and ‘grants to voluntary bodies’ each year from 2008-09 to 2011-12.
|Private contractors and other agencies||22,111||23,049||24,265||22,773|
|Grants to voluntary bodies||1,693||1,839||1,945||2,627|
The figures are based on the Subjective Analysis Returns submitted to DCLG by a sample of local authorities.
Private contractors and other agencies include public service contracts given to professional services, agency staff and others. These figures cannot be broken down to show how much was awarded to voluntary bodies.