HC Deb 12 February 1988 vol 127 cc381-2W
Mr. Patchett

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what extra resources he intends to make available to Barnsley metropolitan borough council to provide care in the community.

Net Current Expenditure Per Head
Services Lancashire County Council Average for all Shire County Councils Spending by Lancashire County Council in excess of the average for all Shire Counties
Education 245 228 17
School meals and milk 11 8 3

Mr. Chope

Local authority revenue expenditure is supported by rate support grant block grant; this is an unhypothecated grant; which cannot be attributed to particular elements of an authority's expenditure. The 1988–89 RSG settlement makes provision for local authorities' spending needs on all services, including community care. If Barnsley MBC chooses to spend in 1988–89 at the level assumed in the settlement 55.1 per cent. of its total expenditure will be supported by block grant. In addition, local authorities have almost complete freedom to target their capital spending according to local appreciation of need, within their total capital resources.

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