HC Deb 18 May 1994 vol 243 cc504-5W
22. Mr. Olner

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he last met representatives of the local authority associations to discuss capping regulations.

Mr. Curry

The local government associations have made representations on capping on a number of occasions during the course of the annual cycle of consultations on the local government finance settlement.

Mr. Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what percentage of local authority revenue accounts is received from central Government grants; and what were the comparable figures for 1980–81 and 1986–87.

Mr. Curry

Comparable figures are not available at an England-only level for years prior to 1981–82.

The available information is as follows:

England 1Revenue Expenditure £ million 2Government Grants £ million Government Grants as percentage of Revenue Expenditure
1981–82 20,106 11,234 56
1986–87 26,630 13,402 50
31993–94 42,654 23,582 55
1In 1981–82 and 1986–87 local authority expenditure is taken to be "relevant expenditure" plus expenditure on certain non-relevant items such as net expenditure on mandatory student awards. It represents spending to be financed by rate support grant, relevant specific grant, rates and balances. This measure of expenditure is net of sales, fees and charges, interest receipts etc. For 1993–94 local authority expenditure is "revenue expenditure to compare to TSS" which is expenditure to be met from revenue support grant, specific and special grants inside Aggregate External Finance, Non-Domestic Rates, council tax and appropriations from reserves.
2In 1981–82 and 1986–87 Government Grants comprise Aggregate Exchequer Grant and Rate Rebate Grants. In 1993–94 Government Grants included Revenue Support Grant, Specific and Special Grants in Aggregate External Finance, Council Tax Benefit Grant and Council Tax Transitional Relief Scheme Grant.
3Budget data.