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|Home Office grant||Office of the Deputy Prime Minister||Total grant|
(22) he National Probation Service was established on 1 April 2001 and 100 per cent. grant funding was provided by the Home Office to local probation areas.
(23) Prior to April 2001, the Home Office provided 80 per cent. grant funding to probation services. Local authorities funded the balance of 20 per cent. from grant provided by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM).
Tim Loughton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) local authority staff and (b) members of the public were found to have been involved in fraudulent activities against local authorities in each year since 1997; and at what financial cost. 
Mr. Leslie: Auditors appointed by the Audit Commission have been instructed to report to the commission all cases of fraud over £1,000 in value. Benefit frauds of up to £5,000 can be reported jointly, but those over £5,000 are reported individually. The number of fraud cases arising from staff actions (some of which involved more than one member of staff) were:
|Year||Number of cases||Total value (£)||Including number of benefits cases||Value of benefits cases (£)|
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are not held centrally. The number of fraud cases arising from actions outside of local authorities (for example members of the public, suppliers etc.) were:
|Year||Number of cases||Total value (£)||Value of benefits cases (£)|
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what proportion of the standard spending assessments in each local authority in England and Wales was financed by total external support in (a) 199697, (b) 199798 and (c) 200203; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Raynsford: The figures for the proportion of the standard spending assessments in each local authority in England that was financed by total external support in 199697, 199798 and 200203 have been placed in the House Library. Figures for Welsh authorities are the responsibility of the Welsh Assembly Government.
The figures for the level of total external support and standard spending assessment for each individual local authority in England in 199697, 199798 and 200203 have been placed in the House Library. Figures for Welsh authorities are the responsibility of the Welsh Assembly Government.
Total external support consists of revenue support grant, redistributed national non-domestic rates, central support protection grant, SSA reduction grant, principal formula police grant and GLA general grant.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact changes in the local government formula grant will have on public services in North Devon; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Raynsford: We will announce the new system for distributing Formula Grant, including detailed grant allocations for individual authorities, at the time of the provisional local government finance settlement which we expect to be around the start of December. Once the Government has allocated its grant, decisions about budgets and services are primarily for local councils to make. However, we have already guaranteed that no authority will face a cut in grant next year on a like for like basis, and we hope to do better than that when we announce the actual floors and ceilings scheme as part of the provisional settlement.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what was the level of central funding by his Department of (a) Cheshire county council, (b) Chester city council, (c) Vale Royal borough council and
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(d) Crewe and Nantwich borough council in each of the last five years; and what the average funding of county, city and borough councils in England was in those years. 
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The figures included in the tables exclude funding provided by the former Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the former Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions for areas of work that are now the responsibility of the Department for Transport and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
|Revenue support grant||245,586||156,322||160,037||152,227||166,347|
|Redistributed business rates||190,219||136,007||148,064||168,034||163,467|
|Beacon council grant||||||||||39|
|Invest to save budget(24)||||||||235||235|
|Total revenue funding||435,805||292,329||308,101||320,496||330,088|
|Basic credit approvals issued||6,515||6,160||6,831||6,554||4,237|
|Reorganisation costs SCA(25)||2,169||1,980|||||||
|Capital challengenon-housing SCA(25)||1,285||1,525||550|||||
|Social housing grant||||||||||13|
|Total capital funding||9,969||9,665||7,381||6,554||4,250|
(24)25 per cent. is capital funding
(25)SCA = supplementary credit approvals
|Revenue support grant||3,430||3,390||3,381||3,223||3,458|
|Redistributed business rates||3,812||3,824||4,082||4,521||4,412|
|Central support protection grant||||||100|||||
|Housing revenue account subsidy(26)||4,989||4,341||3,807||2,220||72|
|Supporting people grant||||||||||20|
|Total revenue funding||12,231||11,555||11,370||9,964||7,962|
|Basic credit approvals issued||||||2,163||2,628||624|
|Capital challengenon-housing SCA(27)||1,218||491|||||||
|Capital receipts initiativenon-housing SCA(27)||||159|||||||
|Capital receipts initiativehousing SCA(27)||310||1,090||964|||||
|Cash incentive scheme SCA(27)||140||65|||||||
|Social housing grant||53||20||235||||321|
|Housing defects grantsloan charges: repurchase(28)||2||2||2||2||2|
|Single regeneration budget(29)||672||912||897||745||706|
|Total capital funding||2,395||2,739||4,261||3,375||1,653|
(26) HRA subsidy figures for 200102 are estimates, as payments have yet to be completed. Chester city council has been given permission to close its housing revenue account, but has not yet done so.
(27) SCA = supplementary credit approvals.
(28) Eligible for housing defects grant in 200001 and 200102, but not claimed.
(29) Paid to Chester city council as the accountable body for the regeneration of West Chester project. This excludes any SRB funding paid to the council as project deliverer.
|Revenue support grant||3,107||3,258||3,166||2,996||3,289|
|SSA reduction grant||284|||||||||
|Redistributed business rates||3,606||3,646||3,924||4,359||4,289|
|Central support protection grant||||||98|||||
|Housing revenue account subsidy(30)||3,781||3,379||3,044||2,520||5,677|
|Supporting people grant||||||||||20|
|Total revenue funding||10,778||10,283||10,232||9,875||13,275|
|Basic credit approvals issued||914||650||752||2,747||447|
|Capital receipts initiativenon-housing SCA(31)||||50|||||||
|Capital receipts initiativehousing SCA(31)||256||900||747|||||
|Social housing grant||24||||41||44||206|
|Housing defects grants for loan charges: reinstatements(32)||52||52||52||52||52|
|Housing defects grants for loan charges: repurchase(32)||2||2||2||2||2|
|Total capital funding||1,248||1,654||1,594||2,845||707|
(30) HRA subsidy figures for 200102 are estimates, as payments have yet to be completed.
(31) SCA = supplementary credit approvals.
(32) 200102 housing defects grant figures are provisional.
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|Revenue support grant||1,936||1,935||1,819||1,557||1,809|
|SSA reduction grant||30|||||||||
|Redistributed business rates||3,640||3,696||4,014||4,485||4,442|
|Central support protection grant||||||132|||||
|Housing revenue account subsidy(33)||2,979||2,268||1,721||1,321||4,953|
|Neighbourhood warden team||||||||||23|
|Supporting people grant||||||||||20|
|Invest to save budget(34)||||||||48|||
|Total revenue funding||8,585||7,899||7,686||7,411||11,247|
|Basic credit approvals issued||697||193||603||2,570||707|
|Capital receipts initiativehousing SCA(35)||303||1,048||901|||||
|Cash incentive scheme SCA(35)||17|||||||||
|Total capital funding||1,017||1,241||1,504||2,570||707|
(33) HRA subsidy figures for 200102 are estimates, as payments have yet to be completed.
(34) 25 per cent. is capital funding.
(35) SCA = supplementary credit approvals.
The following table gives information on the combined total of revenue support grant and redistributed businesses rates paid to shire county councils and shire district councils in each of the last five years.
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|Average amount per authority|
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