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Estimated pensions reserves at 1 April( 2)
£000
Norfolk County Council Breckland Broadland Great Yarmouth Kings Lynn and West Norfolk North Norfolk Norwich South Norfolk

2003

-307,259

-12,076

-5,440

-25,472

-21,216

-3,906

n/a

-11,277

2004

-254,040

-8,165

-10,300

-17,874

-14,413

-9,090

-40,301

-7,298

2005

-419,800

-14,400

-10,300

-27,200

-26,700

-17,200

-72,000

-13,800

2006(1)

-434,500

-14,845

-10,680

-26,870

-27,600

-17,604

-75,293

-14,600

n/a = not available.
(1) The 2006 figures are the outturn 2005-06 closing balances at 31 March 2006.
(2) Estimated Pensions Reserves are part of accounts prepared on a Financial Reporting Standard (FRS) 17 basis, Information was collected from 2003-04 onwards.
Source:
Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn (RO) returns for 2001-02 to 2005-06—RS form.

Local Government Funding

Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was payable in grants to (a) Leicestershire county council and (b) Charnwood borough council by her Department in each year since 2001. [108918]

Mr. Woolas: The following tables set out the grant payments made by the Department for Communities and Local Government and its predecessors (where they were responsible for the grants set out in the table) to (a) Leicestershire county council and (b) Charnwood borough council in each year since 2001.


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(a) Leicestershire county council
Programme 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07( 1) Total

Local authority business growth initiative (LABGI)

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.572

0.000

0.572

Regional chamber—East Midlands

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

1.426

1.426

Supporting people—administration

0.190

0.430

0.440

0.440

0.350

0.350

2.200

Supporting people—programme

0.000

0.000

7.010

7.170

6.810

6.690

27.680

Programme delivery grant

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.119

0.085

0.077

0.281

Invest to save budget

0.000

0.153

0.092

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.245

Local government online

0.000

0.550

0.200

1.100

0.200

0.000

2.050

Local area agreements

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.400

9.400

9.800

Local public service agreements—pump priming grant

0.000

0.000

1.400

0.000

0.000

0.000

1.400

PSA performance fund—resource

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.458

0.458

PSA performance fund—capital

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.916

0.916

Total (non-formula grant)

0.190

1.133

9.142

8.829

8.417

19.317

47.028

Formula grant

276.429

263.700

298.556

307.703

331.737

77.019

1,555.144


(b) Charnwood borough council
Programme 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07( 1) Total

Local authority business Growth initiative (LABGI)

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.572

0.000

0.572

Community cohesion pathfinder programme

0.000

0.000

0.150

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.150

Homelessness grant

0.000

0.109

0.116

0.074

0.074

0.074

0.447

Planning delivery grant

0.000

0.000

0.094

0.141

0.447

0.369

1.051

Housing revenue account subsidy (HRAS)1

-2.935

-3.158

-3.416

-2.554

-2.653

-2.495

-17.211

Disabled facilities grant

0.199

0.275

0.272

0.221

0.240

0.275

1.482

Local government online

0.000

0.000

0.200

0.000

0.150

0.000

0.350

Non-domestic rates outturn adjustments

0.000

0.000

0.600

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.600

Total (non-formula grant)

-2.736

-2.774

-1.984

-2.118

-1.170

-1.777

-12.559

Formula grant

8.833

9.223

9.455

9.382

9.744

10.770

57.407

(1) Planned
Notes:
1. From 2004 onwards rent rebate was taken out of HRAS. Figures for 2001-02 and 2003-04 above are for the housing element which directly equate to those from 2004 onwards.
The HRA subsidy system calculates that Charnwood receive a surplus of notional rental income over their assessed need to spend. These surpluses are captured and recycled within the system to authorities in deficit.

Local Government Ombudsman

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many cases have been referred to the Local Government Ombudsman in each year since 1976; how many cases were completed in each year; and if she will make a statement; [109308]

(2) how many cases are being investigated by the Local Government Ombudsman; and if she will make a statement; [109309]

(3) what the average length of time taken was for a case to be investigated by the Local Government Ombudsman in the last period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement; [109310]

(4) how many caseworkers are employed by the Local Government Ombudsman; and if she will make a statement. [109311]

Mr. Woolas: The information requested on the number of complaints referred to the Local Government Ombudsman and the number of cases dealt with is shown in the following table:


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