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Local Government Financial Statistics England No.21 2011

Published 27 May 2011
Type(s) Statistics Reports and summaries
Site Local government
ISBN 9781409829591
Price £30 (free to download below)


The compendium publication Local Government Financial Statistics England 21 2011 was published on 27 May 2011 by the Department for Communities and Local Government. This is a National Statistics publication released under the auspices of the UK Statistics Authority.

From current and capital expenditure to council tax and local authority pensions, the 21st edition of Local Government Financial Statistics England brings together data from a wide range of sources to paint a comprehensive and important overview of local government finance in England.

This latest edition contains outturn figures for the years up to 2009-10 and estimates for 2010-11. This is an essential guide to local authority financial systems, both past and present and contains detailed commentary, tables, time series, full colour charts and maps.

Local Government Financial Statistics England 21 2011 tells us that:

  • In England, local authorities' total expenditure was £168 billion in 2009-10.
  • In 2009-10 local authorities employed 1.8 million full-time employees staff and nearly 50 per cent of service expenditure (gross of income) was spent on these employees.
  • About 64 per cent of local authorities' gross income in 2009-10 came from central government (through grants or re-distributed non-domestic rates). Other income from local sources included council tax, sales, fees and charges, council rents and capital receipts.
  • The largest share of net current expenditure in 2009-10 was on education services with 37 per cent of the total. Social services accounted for a further 17 per cent, housing (excluding Housing Revenue Account) 16 per cent and police 10 per cent.
  • Average Band D council tax, for a two adult household, in 2009-10 was £1,414 an increase of 3 per cent on 2007-08.
  • In the North East, 56 per cent of dwellings are in the lowest council tax band (Band A) compared to just 4 per cent in London.
  • Average in year council tax collection rates in 2009-10 stood at 97 per cent compared with 92.6 per cent in 1993-94.
  • The average in year council tax collection rate in Inner London Boroughs has risen from 76.0 per cent in 1993-94 to 94.6 per cent in 2009-10.
  • Revenue expenditure has increased by 149 per cent cash terms between 1993-94 and 2009-10. The corresponding increase in real terms was 68 per cent.
  • About 25 per cent of revenue expenditure is funded through council tax.
  • Revenue spending per head in 2009-10 was highest in parts of the North and London.
  • All shire counties spend £500m or more a year, while most shire districts spend less than £40m a year.
  • Local authority capital expenditure has risen from £14.3 billion in 2004-05, to £21.4 billion in 2009-10.
  • Capital spending per head in 2009-10 was highest in London and the North East.
  • In 2009-10 capital expenditure of £5.0 billion was financed by unsupported borrowing, under the new prudential system in place since April 2004 (23 per cent of the total).
  • Local authorities' gross outstanding debt at 31 March 2010 was £54.4 billion, the largest proportion of which is owed to the Public Works Loan Board (75 per cent).
  • Local authorities' investments at 31 March 2010 were £21.5 billion following a fall of approximately £4.5 billion during 2009-10; nearly 70 per cent of these investments were deposits with banks or building societies.

Equivalent annual publications are available from the National Assembly for Wales at www.wales.gov.uk/statistics (external link) and from The Scottish Government at www.scotland.gov.uk/statistics (external link).

A page providing the tables and the data underlying the various charts in MS Excel format is also available (see below).


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