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Central Grants to Local Governments
The political and economic impact of the Rate Support Grant in England and Wales


Part of Cambridge Geographical Studies

  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521112697

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  • Central grants to local governments are a major aspect of public policy in all western economies. This book has two main aims: first, it seeks to relate central grants to the overall structure of taxes and expenditures of the economy as a whole, and second, it draws together for the first time a major set of empirical evidence on one major grant programme standing at £12,000 million in 1982, the Rate Support Grant in England and Wales. The thesis of the book is developed in three parts. Part one examines the objectives of central grant programmes: namely, need, resource and cost equalisation. Part two of the book develops a detailed empirical analysis of the Rate Support Grant and highlights those areas which have been relatively advantaged and disadvantaged in grant allocation. In part three the discussion is extended to an examination of the full interrelation of central grants with local taxes and expenditures. This leads to the main conclusions of the book, which are developed as a set of suggested reforms to local revenues in Britain.

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    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521112697
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Central grants to local governments
    Part I. Central Grants: Theory and Practice:
    2. Categories of central grants
    3. The evolution of central grants and local finances in Britain
    4. The Rate Support Grant
    5. The distribution of the RSG since 1981
    Part II. Distributional Effects of British Local Finance:
    6. Local expenditure need
    7. Local taxes and expenditures
    8. The distribution of the Rate Support Grant
    9. Modelling expenditure and grants
    Part III. Towards a More Rational Procedure:
    10. An appraisal of alternatives
    11. An alternative structure for central-local relations
    12. The British experience of central grants - a way forward?

  • Author

    R. J. Bennett

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