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The report details the cost of running local authority services and their spending such as buying, constructing or improving physical assets for April 2019 to March 2020.

Main points

  • Total budgeted gross revenue expenditure as reported by local authorities for 2019-20 is £8.3 billion, an increase of 2.5% on the previous year.
  • County and county borough councils reported increases of 2.0% or £144 million in their budgeted expenditure whilst police reported an increase of 7.2%. Fire authorities reported an increase of 0.7% and national park authorities reported an increase of 25.3%.
  • In 2019­-20, total capital forecast expenditure by Welsh local authorities, including police, fire and national parks is £1,545 million. This represents a year-on-year increase of £233 million or 17.8%.


Local authority revenue budget and capital forecast, April 2019 to March 2020 (Revised) , file type: PDF, file size: 432 KB

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