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Local Government Finance: Derbyshire

Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN 224583, tabled on 20 February 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much (a) Derbyshire County, (b) South Derbyshire District and (c) Derby City Council have budgeted to spend in 2014-15.

Answered on

25 March 2015

Derby City

In 2014-15, Derby City Council is forecast to receive £261 million in government grants, excluding mandatory housing benefits. Including mandatory housing benefits, the forecast is £351 million (source: Revenue Account Budget returns). Total grants (excluding mandatory housing benefits) are forecast to be equivalent to £2,430 per dwelling.

Leaving aside school spending which has changed due to the funding shift from Local Education Authorities to Academies, in 2014-15, Derby’s net current expenditure excluding education services is forecast to be £282 million (source: Revenue Account Budget returns). This compares with £258 million in 2009-10 (source: Revenue Outturn Summary returns). This represents a 9 per cent increase in cash terms.

South Derbyshire

In 2014-15, South Derbyshire District Council is forecast to receive £4.4 million in government grants, excluding mandatory housing benefits. Including mandatory housing benefits, the forecast is £22.3 million (source: Revenue Account Budget returns). Total grants (excluding mandatory housing benefits) are forecast to be equivalent to £109 per dwelling.

South Derbyshire residents will also benefit from funding given to the Derbyshire County Council for its statutory functions (e.g. police, fire, transport, strategic housing and planning). Derbyshire County Council is forecast to receive £648 million in government grant, equivalent to a Derbyshire average of £1,862 per dwelling in 2014-15. Taken together, this is equivalent to £1,971 per dwelling in South Derbyshire.

In 2014-15, South Derbyshire’s net current expenditure is forecast to be £29.2 million (source: Revenue Account Budget returns). This compares with £27.1 million in 2009-10 (source: Revenue Outturn Summary returns). This represents an 8 per cent increase in cash terms.

Derbyshire County

Derbyshire County’s net current expenditure excluding education services was £410.1 million in 2009-10 and £449.0 million in 2014-15, an increase of 9 per cent.

I am aware that Derbyshire County Council has issued a leaflet with its council tax bills making contentious claims on funding. I would note that Derbyshire’s revenue spending power is unchanged this year (2015-16, compared to 2014-15), and has a revenue spending of £1,575 per dwelling (compared to £1,505 in Hampshire County, which is mentioned in its leaflet).

Previous figures

Previous figures on local authority revenue expenditure and financing can be found online at:

Revenue Outturn 2012-13:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/local-authority-revenue-expenditure-and-financing-england-2012-to-2013-individual-local-authority-data-outturn

Revenue Outturn 2013-14:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/local-authority-revenue-expenditure-and-financing-england-2013-to-2014-individual-local-authority-data-outturn

Revenue Account 2014-15:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/local-authority-revenue-expenditure-and-financing-england-2014-to-2015-individual-local-authority-data