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Local authority revenue outturn expenditure

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  • Release date: 15 October 2014
  • Period covered: 2013-14
This report has been discontinued. Data will now be published in the new report ‘Local authority revenue and capital outturn expenditure’.

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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