To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the percentage change was in the proportion of expenditure made up by council tax income in each English local authority between 2009-10 and 2013-14.
5 January 2015
I attach a table listing the council tax requirement as a percentage of revenue expenditure in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2013-14.
However, the two sets of figures are not comparable for a number of reasons, including:
- Changes to local authority responsibilities, including the transfer of public health services, and transfers of functions within different tiers of local government.
- The shift of schools to academy status, away from being funded by local authorities.
- An accounting consequence of the localisation of council tax benefit is that councils now apply local council tax support in the form of a council tax discount and receive a DCLG grant through Revenue Support Grant. Previously, councils received a grant from the Department for Work and Pensions, which refunded the tax revenue that was ‘paid’ by the council through council tax benefit.