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The Core Spending Power indicator describes the available revenue for each Local Authority in England to fund service delivery. It sets out the money that has been made available to local government through the Local Government Finance Settlement.


Technical description

The Core Spending Power figures are derived from the sum of various core funding components, such as the Settlement Funding Assessment, the Council Tax Requirement and other specific grants. For more details see the explanatory note published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (see data sources in technical description). Due to regular changes to local authority duties and reporting arrangements since 2010-11, we adjusted the data to allow comparisons over time. For this we exclude Public Health Grant, the Better Care Fund and other NHS health transfers from our analysis of spending power, but added any Transitions Grants for that year. For consistency, we also removed any spending power regarding “other” authorities, such as Police and Fire Authorities, or the Greater London Authority. Spending power figures presented are calculated at either Lower Tier or Upper Tier level. Values are presented on the basis of financial years, i.e. from April 1st to March 31st and are presented in £ millions. Figures from historic LA geography have been referenced to the 2018 LA geography. This includes any changes in name/codes, merges, or splits of old LAs to new LAs, based on population ratios for that year. Note that values were not adjusted for inflation.

About this dataset


UK Open Government Licence (OGL v3)

  • Alexandros Alexiou
  • Benjamin Barr

Place-based Logitudinal Data Resource, 2019, Local Authority Finance: Core Spending Power (FIN_07_59), Accessed [<day> <month> <year>].

  • Local Authority
  • England