This page provides details on both spending and funding of local authorities in England.
Funding figures are not given for every year, because the calculations used to distribute funding change each year, along with the range of grants provided to local authorities. Instead, we have provided the percentage change in each year relative to the previous one, as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) calculate this on a consistent annual basis.
Local authorities also vary in terms of the amount of money they raise through locally generated income, and the proportion of business rates they retain for themselves. We have therefore also provided each local authority’s spending power, as this can be more meaningful in terms of the total revenue local authorities have at their disposal.
Use the dropdown menu below to select the local authority you’re interested in and view key statistics.
Funding figures represent only the amount coming through the local government funding settlement. Other sources of funding (for example, council tax and business rates) are not included in the funding figures, but are included in spending power.
The spending figures given here are “net current expenditure”, which covers each local authority’s total spending financed through central government grants, council tax, business rates, etc, less additional income from sales, fees, charges, and other sources. This does not include capital spending – that is, spending on assets that last, such as buildings or vehicles. The spending figures are much higher than those for spending power, as the latter do not include some ring-fenced grants.
All figures here are for local authorities in England – different local government structures exist in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, so the figures are not comparable. The best information on local authorities from the devolved administrations is available from their respective websites: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland.
We aim to update aspects of this dashboard once a year, in line with data releases from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, but the data shown here may not be the latest available. MPs and their staff can contact the Commons Library with queries about updates.
- MHCLG: Provisional local government finance settlement, 2019 to 2020
- MHCLG: Local government finance settlement data