Due to reforms to local government finance and the local retention of business rates, the amounts of Revenue Support Grant are not comparable over this period. There have also been changes to local authorities’ responsibilities, including changes of responsibilities between different tiers of local government.
The headline figures for Revenue Support Grant for local authorities are set out in the Local Government Finance report presented to Parliament each year.
Of course, every bit of the public sector needs to do its bit to pay off the deficit left by the last Labour Government, including local government which accounts for a quarter of all public spending. Notwithstanding, the table below shows local authority total net current expenditure by year, which gives a broader picture of local authority spending as a whole over this period.
Local authority net current expenditure (excluding education) in England (£ billions)
Note: Local government spending on education excluded due to the conversion of schools to academies, which has transferred school funding from Local Education Authorities direct to Academies.
Sources: Revenue Outturn Summary returns up to 2013-14; Revenue Account Budget returns for 2014-15.