The latest national statistics on the provisional outturn estimates of local authority revenue expenditure and financing for 2009-10 were released on 27 August 2010 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 £121.3 billion in 2009-10 compared with £113.1 billion in 2008-09, an increase of 7 per cent.
- The definition of total net current expenditure has changed for this year to include revenue expenditure funded from capital by statue (RECS). Removing RECS, the 2009-10 net current expenditure figure is £119.4 billion. If compared to the 2008-09 figure of £113.1 billion, this is an increase of 6 per cent.
- 37 per cent of net current expenditure in 2009-10 was on education, 17 per cent on social care, 14 per cent on housing benefits and 10 per cent on police.
- 56 per cent of revenue expenditure on a non-Financial Reporting Standard 17 basis in 2009-10 was funded by government grants, 25 per cent by council tax and 19 per cent by redistributed non-domestic rates.