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Local authority revenue and capital outturn expenditure

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  • Release date: 11 October 2017
  • Period covered: 2016-17
Includes data for police, fire and national park authorities.

Key points


  • In 2016-17, total gross revenue expenditure as reported by Welsh local authorities, including police, fire and national park authorities, was £7.9 billion, an increase of 0.7% over the previous year.
  • Gross revenue expenditure per head in Wales (including police and fire) was £2,536.
  • Education services accounted for 33% of the total gross expenditure, social services 22%, police 8% and fire services 2%.


  • Capital expenditure for 2016-17 was £1,113 million or £358 per head of population. This represents a decrease of £896 million or 45% over the previous year mainly due to the housing revenue account subsidy buyout in 2015-16.
  • Education accounted for 34% (£375 million) of the overall expenditure followed by housing 30% (£330 million) and transport 12% (£129 million).
  • Police, fire and national park authorities reported expenditure of £34 million, £9 million and £3 million respectively.


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