Local Government Finance

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 25th February 2021.

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Photo of Colleen Fletcher Colleen Fletcher Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the total available spend was of each local authority in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Luke Hall Luke Hall Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Government publishes Core Spending Power (CSP) as a measure of the resources available to local authorities to fund service delivery.

This year’s Local Government Finance Settlement (LGFS), including a breakdown of CSP for each local authority going back to 2015/16 can be found in the supporting information document here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/core-spending-power-final-local-government-finance-settlement-2021-to-2022

We are committed to putting funding where there is relative need, irrespective of the location. For 2021/22, councils in the most deprived areas of the country (the upper decile of the Index of Multiple Deprivation) receive 16 per cent more in CSP than the least deprived areas.

Core Spending Power was introduced in 2015. Comparisons before that date do not apply, because the system of local government finance changed, councils’ responsibilities changed and because grants have been incorporated into the annual Settlement over time.

CSP shows the funding provided through the Settlement, but councils will have access to a number of other grants provided by Government departments as well as other sources of income not in CSP such as from Sales, Fees, and Charges and commercial income.

Please find relevant links to previous LGFSs below:

Year

Link

2014/15

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/final-local-government-finance-settlement-england-2014-to-2015

2013/14

https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140505104701/http://www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/1314/settle.htm

2012/13

https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140505110056/http://www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/1213/grant.htm

2011/12

https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140505110052/http://www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/1112/grant.htm#set

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