HC Deb 27 April 1983 vol 41 cc333-4W
Mr. Christopher Price

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, pursuant to his reply of Thursday 14 April, Official Report, c. 451, he will publish figures to

Mr. Giles Shaw

The 1982–83 grant figures at outturn are not yet available. The following table shows the latest estimates of 1982–83 grant entitlements, based on budget expenditure and 1983–84 grant entitlements if all authorities had budgeted to spend at their target level.

show how far the increases in cost terms in local authority current spending in England have been due to increases in pay in the local authority sector and how far they are due to changes in the volume of the services provided.

Mr. Giles Shaw

The increase in local authority current expenditure in England in cost terms—using the GDP deflator—between 1978–79 and 1981–82, in 1981–82 prices, is estimated to be about £1,100 million, of which about £800 million can be attributed to increases in pay in the local authority sector.

Estimates of the effect of changes in the volume of services provided are not available.