Council Tax: Greater Manchester

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of Lord Bradley Lord Bradley Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow Spokesperson (Health)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of local authority income was raised by Council Tax in each of the 10 districts of Greater Manchester for each of the last five years.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

The table below shows the proportion of local authority income raised from council tax by the metropolitan districts of Greater Manchester for each year from 2009-10 to 2013-14. Income is defined as the sum of council tax, specific grants inside Aggregate External Finance, Revenue Support Grant, and for the relevant years, redistributed business rates, retained business rates, Local Services Support Grant and Area Based Grant. Council tax amounts are gross of payments of council tax benefit for years up to 2012-13.

2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Bolton 21% 21% 21% 22% 18%
Bury 25% 25% 25% 26% 22%
Manchester 14% 14% 15% 15% 11%
Oldham 18% 19% 21% 21% 16%
Rochdale 19% 19% 19% 19% 16%
Salford 21% 20% 21% 22% 16%
Stockport 31% 31% 32% 33% 28%
Tameside 20% 21% 21% 21% 18%
Trafford 25% 25% 28% 29% 25%
Wigan 22% 21% 23% 23% 19%
Greater Manchester 21% 20% 22% 22% 18%

Source

: Revenue Outturn returns

The figures have fallen in 2013-14 due to a technical, accounting consequence of the localisation of council tax benefit. Councils now apply local council tax support in the form of a council tax discount and receive a DCLG grant through Revenue Support Grant. Previously, councils received a grant from the Department for Work and Pensions, which refunded the tax revenue that was ‘paid’ by the council through council tax benefit.

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