The latest national statistics on the provisional outturn estimates of local authority revenue expenditure and financing for 2010-11 were released on 31 August 2011 under arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
The key points from the latest release are:
- Total net current expenditure by local authorities in England was estimated to be £121.2 billion in 2010-11 compared with £119.1 billion in 2009-10, an increase of 1.8 per cent.
- In real terms (using 2010-11 market prices), net current expenditure has decreased from £122.6 billion in 2009-10 to £121.2 billion in 2010-11. This is a decrease of 1.1 per cent.
- 37.4 per cent of net current expenditure in 2010-11 was on education, 17.4 per cent on social care, 15.3 per cent on housing benefits and 9.9 per cent on police.
- 54.3 per cent of revenue expenditure (on a non-International Accounting Standard 19 basis) in 2010-11 was funded by government grants, 26.0 per cent by council tax and 18.7 per cent by redistributed non-domestic rates.