Provisional local government settlement 2017-18 published

19 October 2016

Article by Owen Holzinger and David Millett, National Assembly for Wales Research Service

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Following the Welsh Government Draft Budget for 2017-18 (released on Tuesday 18 October 2016) the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government has today published the Provisional Local Government Settlement 2017-18, this outlines funding for each of Wales’ twenty-two local authorities.

The total settlement is £4.107 billion, which is an increase of £3.8 million (0.1%) when compared to the Final Settlement in 2016-17. This is the first increase in the local government settlement since 2013-14.

The provisional settlement includes increases and decreases in funding for different local authorities. The largest increase is 0.9% in Gwynedd and the largest decrease is -0.5% for five local authorities (Wrexham, Powys, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen).

The full breakdown of percentage change in funding by local authority is outlined in the below infographic.

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This year no authority will experience a decrease of more than -0.5%. Of the five authorities where the funding change equates to -0.5%, four have received top-up funding totalling £2.3 million to ensure they do not experience a reduction beyond -0.5%, allocated as below:

  • Wrexham – £181,000
  • Powys – £1,374,000
  • Merthyr Tydfil – £585,000
  • Blaenau Gwent – £147,000

The Cabinet Secretary’s letter to local authorities, the Local Government Finance Report 2017-18 and the Local Government Revenue and Capital Settlement 2017-18 (Provisional): All Wales – Tables, can be found on the Welsh Government website.

General Capital Funding for local authorities in 2017-18 is £143 million.