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Data Provider: Welsh Government Standard spending assessments and central government support by authority
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[Collapse]Type of supportStandard spending assessments (SSAs) are centrally determined assessments of each authority\'s need to spend on revenue services, on the total standard spending basis. They are calculated just prior to the year to which they relate using principles established by the Welsh Assembly Government encompassing the demographic, physical and social characteristics of each area, as reflected by a range of indicators. SSAs include an element to cover the need to spend on the current element of revenue expenditure, and an element to cover the need to spend on the capital charges element of revenue expenditure. The distribution of the current element between local authorities is based on the distribution of various indicators of need, such as pupil numbers, population and measures of deprivation and rurality. The distribution of the capital charges element between local authorities is based on the latest available credit ceiling figure for each authority (which is essentially the level of unpaid debt) together with estimates of how this will change in the year to which the SSAs relate. Central government support comprises revenue support grant, redistributed non-domestic rates, council tax reduction scheme and transitional grants for county or county borough councils. Comprises revenue support grant, redistributed non-domestic rates, police grant and police damping grant for police authorities. Excludes non-police specific grants Revenue support grant (RSG) is paid to local authorities by the Welsh Assembly Government as a major element of support for revenue expenditure, as required by section 78(1) of the Local Government Finance Act 1988. In order to arrive at the aggregate amount of RSG, the Welsh Assembly Government determines a level of total standard spending and then sets the level of aggregate external finance (AEF). RSG is the balancing item within AEF after the distributable amount of non-domestic rates and the levels of certain specific government grants towards revenue expenditure have been decided. [Filter]
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[Expand]Click here to sortStandard spending assessments and police grantCentrally determined assessments of each authority\'s need to spend on revenue services.[Expand]Click here to sortTotal central government supportComprises revenue support grant, redistributed non-domestic rates, council tax reduction scheme, transitional grants and additional top-up funding .  Excludes non-police specific grants.
[Collapse]Total Wales8,320,7526,180,301
Total Wales[Collapse]Total Unitary Authorities7,716,3555,720,524
Total Unitary AuthoritiesIsle of Anglesey176,490127,586
Gwynedd311,474233,317
Conwy283,999203,526
Denbighshire265,475200,795
Flintshire362,270258,527
Wrexham319,083232,865
Powys335,781235,865
Ceredigion186,352135,286
Pembrokeshire308,341218,870
Carmarthenshire471,555350,646
Swansea583,938435,021
Neath Port Talbot363,586285,594
Bridgend347,141258,925
Vale of Glamorgan310,780209,781
Rhondda Cynon Taf611,842485,567
Merthyr Tydfil153,678123,492
Caerphilly447,269348,864
Blaenau Gwent178,361144,044
Torfaen233,771178,733
Monmouthshire201,944126,019
Newport402,006304,045
Cardiff861,219623,158
[Collapse]Total Police604,397459,777
Total PoliceDyfed Powys Police91,31564,792
Gwent Police119,72693,926
North Wales Police128,26994,243
South Wales Police265,087206,816

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General description

Standard spending assessments (SSAs) are centrally determined assessments of each authority's need to spend on revenue services, on the total standard spending basis.

Central government support comprises revenue support grant, redistributed non-domestic rates, council tax reduction scheme and transitional grants for county or county borough councils. In the context of this table it excludes non-police specific grants.


Data collection and calculation

The information presented here is collected via annual returns from Welsh Local Authorities.

Frequency of publication

Annual

Data reference periods

Data are shown for each financial year from 1996-97 onwards.

Title

Standard spending assessments and central government support

Last update

March 2024 March 2024

Next update

March 2025

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Local Government Settlement, Welsh Government

Contact email

stats.finance@gov.wales

Designation

None

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local authorities

Geographical coverage

Local authorities

Languages covered

English and Welsh

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence

Statistical quality

See weblinks

Keywords

Local Government Finance, Standard spending assessment

Weblinks

The associated statistical releases can be found via the links at the following webpage:
https://gov.wales/statistics-and-research?lang=en
A statistical quality report relating to all Local Government Finance statistical releases can be found at the following webpage:
https://gov.wales/local-government-finance-statistics-quality-report
https://www.gov.wales/local-government-finance