To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information he holds on the (a) total debt of, (b) population served by and (c) amount of debt per head of population of each county council by order of size of debt per head of population.
The Department collects financial data from local authorities, including on their debt. The latest on this is the Prudential System data table in the Capital Estimates Returns for 2018-19. This is available at - www.gov.uk/government/statistics/local-authority-capital-expenditure-and-financing-in-england-2018-to-2019-individual-local-authority-data-forecast.
The latest population data for local authorities including county councils can be found in the table ‘MYE2 - All‘ of the data set for mid-2017. This is available at - www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/datasets/populationestimatesforukenglandandwalesscotlandandnorthernireland