This page provides details on both funding and spending of local authorities in England.
Local authorities 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.
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Several local authorities have been restructured between 2015-16 and 2021-22, which can leave gaps in their funding and spending figures. Both the original councils and those that replaced them are included in this dashboard.
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.
Funding figures from before 2015-16 are not comparable on a consistent basis, because local government responsibilities and funding changed regularly before this point. Data going back to 2010-11 can be downloaded here; the National Audit Office has also produced a data visualisation going back this far that may be helpful.
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.
Spending figures can also appear to change significantly over time when the responsibilities of local authorities change – for example, when schools become academies they are no longer funded by the local authority.
Real-terms figures have been calculated using a smoothed GDP deflator in 2020-21 and 2021-22 giving the same average annual growth in each year between 2019-20 and 2022-23, to remove the distortions caused by pandemic-related factors.
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.