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LOCAL AUTHORITIES: SUPPORT SERVICE COST REGULATIONS

Lord Brougham and Vaux asked Her Majesty's Government:

Viscount Ullswater: We have today tabled regulations under the Local Government Finance Act 1982 which will require local authorities to publish annually a statement of support services costs (SSSC). This will illustrate the full costs of the professional support services to which the Government are extending compulsory competitive tendering (CCT), and will show the costs of these services to authorities' front-line

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service departments. The proposals for SSSCs have been developed in close and productive consultation with the Local Authority Associations, the Audit Commission, the Accounts Commission for Scotland, and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). A consultation draft of the regulations was issued by the Department of the Environment on 22nd February 1994. Comments were received from 194 local authorities and other interested parties.

In the light of these comments, we have decided that the first SSSCs will be required for 1995-96, rather than 1994-95 as proposed in February, to ensure that authorities have good time to prepare. The regulations also incorporate other technical improvements responding to comments and suggestions received.

Five support services are to become subject to CCT--legal services, construction and property services, IT, finance and personnel services. Parliament has already approved orders under Section 2(3) of the Local Government Act 1988 making legal services and construction property services "defined activities", for the purposes of CCT. The SSSC Regulations which have been tabled today relate to these services, designating them as "specified activities" to be covered in SSSCs. The Government will over the next few months place before Parliament CCT orders for the other three support services. Subject to Parliament's approval of the orders, the Government will table further SSSC regulations bringing them also into the scope of SSSCs.

London boroughs, metropolitan authorities, and joint committees of these authorities are required to produce an SSSC from 1995-96 onwards. Shire authorities, and joint committees of shire authorities will be required to produce a SSSC from 1996-97, or the second financial year after the coming into being of an authority newly established or reorganised following local government review, should that be later. SSSCs will also be produced by unitary authorities in Wales and by new police authorities established under the Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994 in due course. SSSCs will be introduced in Scotland under separate legislative procedures.

Local authorities' support services cost more than £4 billion a year. SSSCs will make available authoritative information on these costs, and will be of value to local

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taxpayers, local authority members, and those responsible for the front-line local authority services, who are the customers for support services and bear the costs. The information will enable informed discussion of support service costs, and promote efficiency and value for money.

I have placed a list of responses to the consultation proposals in the Library, through which copies of individual responses may be obtained.

RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT CONSULTATION DOCUMENT: RESPONSE

Lord Gainford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What response they have received to the consultation document Review of Radioactive Waste Management Policy: Preliminary Conclusions, published on 5th August 1994.

Viscount Ullswater: The department has received more than 250 responses to the consultation document. A list of these has been placed in the Library of the House and copies of individual responses may be obtained through the Department of the Environment's Library. In addition we have received over 5,000 letters from members of the public following campaigns by Greenpeace. All the points raised are receiving careful consideration.

COUNCIL TAXES

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish a table showing the council tax payable per household in each band group, for each London Borough in 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1994-95.

Viscount Ullswater: The information is not available before 1993-94 when the council tax was introduced.

The estimated average council tax payable per dwelling in 1993-94 and in 1994-95 in each council tax band for each London borough is given in the tables below. The figures are based on information provided by authorities as at December 1993 for 1993-94 figures, and as at June 1994 for 1994-95 figures. No allowance is made in these estimates for the effect of transitional relief or council tax benefit.


1993-94 average council taxes payable per dwelling in each board

Local Authority Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H
Greater London
City of London -- 256 283 298 391 484 562 726
Camden 402 453 526 605 751 899 1,059 1,316
Greenwich 458 535 634 721 885 1,062 1,226 1,442
Hackney 360 437 530 612 782 945 1,082 1,231
Hammersmith and Fulham 306 361 411 468 587 708 826 1,015
Islington 463 446 514 605 756 917 1,086 1,292
Kensington and Chelsea 285 316 370 411 501 595 680 861
Lambeth 387 447 518 586 723 864 1,005 1,211
Lewisham 282 343 407 472 585 698 799 955
Southwark 343 407 485 560 687 784 957 1,145
Tower Hamlets 319 350 425 473 582 651 733 856
Wandsworth 255 298 352 404 502 602 704 838
Westminster 158 186 216 250 300 348 391 469
Barking and Dagenham 287 353 413 475 581 699 903 378
Barnet 291 353 422 493 618 743 862 1,029
Bexley 298 344 412 482 594 715 821 951
Brent 373 413 471 553 676 809 933 1,080
Bromley 293 321 389 462 582 697 813 969
Croydon 295 329 398 471 587 705 817 968
Ealing 329 388 448 518 632 761 885 1,051
Enfield 337 395 470 543 669 807 937 1,124
Haringey 416 484 571 665 822 986 1,147 1,363
Harrow 294 345 423 510 627 750 869 1,055
Havering 305 359 436 502 618 739 852 961
Hillingdon 323 351 417 492 604 718 841 1,000
Hounslow 382 437 502 576 703 834 961 1,180
Kingston upon Thames 303 333 398 473 595 711 833 989
Merton 306 345 406 466 568 674 788 958
Newham 326 392 483 556 682 800 904 1,078
Redbridge 290 339 412 486 599 723 824 858
Richmond upon Thames 328 379 429 491 609 728 856 1,038
Sutton 307 344 405 482 601 717 828 953
Waltham Forest 343 392 471 546 674 804 925 1,011

Amounts shown make no allowance for transitional relief and council tax benefit


1994--95 average council taxes payable per dwelling in each board

Local Authority Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H
Greater London
City of London -- 254 290 312 396 476 338 709
Camden 351 415 484 560 690 827 974 1,207
Greenwich 369 432 510 579 714 858 990 1,154
Hackney 337 426 510 589 743 895 1,028 1,131
Hammersmith and Fulham 288 345 394 449 565 680 796 977
Islington 425 415 476 562 700 853 1,008 1,198
Kensington and Chelsea 280 311 367 409 500 593 679 861
Lambeth 370 423 491 557 695 824 964 1,050
Lewisham 304 370 440 511 633 755 866 1,030
Southwark 313 371 442 510 624 720 875 1,051
Tower Hamlets 321 349 423 473 582 662 733 855
Wandsworth 198 230 272 310 386 464 542 645
Westminster 129 155 179 207 248 287 323 389
Barking and Dagenham 293 361 421 482 590 708 861 481
Barnet 297 365 436 510 640 770 894 1,068
Bexley 295 340 407 476 588 708 813 903
Brent 299 332 380 447 548 654 733 865
Bromley 257 296 359 427 539 645 752 897
Croydon 300 336 407 482 601 722 837 981
Ealing 277 324 373 429 524 630 734 862
Enfield 328 386 460 533 658 793 922 1,101
Haringey 396 457 540 628 775 932 1,085 1,286
Harrow 308 347 421 508 624 744 864 1,05
Havering 282 332 403 464 571 682 790 892
Willingdon 332 363 431 509 627 746 872 1,020
Hounslow 364 415 478 551 672 799 920 1,124
Kingston upon Thames 318 346 414 490 615 734 861 1,016
Merton 301 343 404 464 566 674 783 956
Newham 328 391 480 553 678 788 860 693
Redbridge 281 327 398 471 581 702 799 823
Richmond upon Thames 360 410 466 535 665 798 937 1,135
Sutton 328 361 422 501 625 746 858 979
Waltham Forest 344 398 474 548 675 804 912 895


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