Monday, 20 December 2010

North Somerset Council's Grant Settlement

UNISON East Midlands have done an analysis of the recent local government grant settlement for all councils, which shows that Labour councils come off worse than Tory councils. The reduction in "revenue spending power" for North Somerset in 2011/12 is 2.3% and out of 384 councils, North Somerset is 335th on the list of worst hit, which actually means its reduction in revenue spending power is one of the lowest. Revenue spending power includes central government funding, along with revenue from council tax and car parking charges.

BUT looking more closely at the figures, North Somerset's formula grant has reduced from £65.3 million in 2010/11 to £57.2 million in 2011/12, amounting to a 12.46% reduction, and putting North Somerset at number 250th worst hit, again out of 384. In 2012/13 its formula grant will be reduced by a further 7.65%, totalling a 20% reduction in just 2 years. On the other hand its specific grants have increased from £15.1 million to £16.7 million and its been given £2.5 million in NHS Funding to support social care and benefit health.

You can download all the results from UNISON East Midlands blog and

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