HC Deb 09 February 1984 vol 53 c785W
Mr. Teddy Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment by how much the number of all local government officials has risen or fallen since 1979; and by how much, taking account of inflation, aggregate local government spending has risen in money and percentage terms.

Mr. Waldegrave

The number of local government employees in England — expressed in full-time equivalents — has fallen by 82,700 or 4.2 per cent. between June 1979 and June 1983. The volume of local authorities' rate fund net current expenditure in England has risen by about £750 million, in 1983–84 prices, or 4 per cent. between 1978–79 outturn and 1983–84 budgets after taking account of changes in pay and prices in the local auhtority sector. In cost terms — that is, after taking account of general inflation as measured by movements in the GDP deflator—local authority current expenditure has risen by 9 per cent. over this period.