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Local authority revenue outturn expenditure

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  • Release date: 15 October 2014
  • Period covered: 2013-14
  • Next update: October 2014
An annual report which includes information by type of service and local authority.

Key points

  • In 2013-14, total gross revenue expenditure as reported by Welsh local authorities, including police, fire and national park authorities, was £8.0 billion, an increase of 1.4% over the previous year.
  • Gross revenue expenditure per head in Wales (including police and fire) was £2,604.
  • Education services accounted for 33% of the total gross expenditure, social services 20%, police 8% and fire services 2%.
  • Specific and special government grants totalled £2.1 billion and accounted for 26% of total gross expenditure in 2013-14.
  • Net revenue expenditure, i.e. excluding specific and special grants, increased by 2.7% in 2013-14.
  • Local authorities drew £4 million from reserves in 2013-14. This is the second consecutive year that local authorities have drawn from reserves.
  • Revenue support grant accounted for 56% of the budget requirement across Wales, with council tax accounting for 23% and redistributed non-domestic rates 17%.  Police grant from the Home Office made up the remaining 4%.


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