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: