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Local authority revenue outturn expenditure

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  • Release date: 16 October 2013
  • Period covered: 2012-13
  • Next update: 15 October 2014
An annual report which includes information by type of service and local authority.

Key points

  • In 2012-13, total gross revenue expenditure as reported by Welsh local authorities, including police, fire and national park authorities, was £7.9 billion, an increase of 2.3% over the previous year.
  • Gross revenue expenditure per head in Wales (including police and fire) was £2,576.
  • Education services accounted for 33% of the total gross expenditure, social services 19%, police 8% and fire services 2%.
  • Net revenue expenditure, i.e. excluding specific and special grants, increased by 1.4% in 2012-13.
  • Specific and special government grants totalled £2.1 billion and accounted for 27% of total gross expenditure in 2012-13.
  • Revenue support grant accounted for 56% of the budget requirement across Wales, with council tax accounting for 24% and redistributed non-domestic rates 16%.  Police grant from the Home Office made up the remaining 4%.
  • Local authorities drew £32 million from reserves in 2012-13. This is the first time that local authorities have drawn from reserves since 1999-00.


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