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LONDON TOP ON PER-HEAD SPENDING

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Tower Hamlets LBC spends more per head of population than any other council in England and Wales apart from the Cor...
Tower Hamlets LBC spends more per head of population than any other council in England and Wales apart from the Corporation of London, according to analysis by CIPFA.

Tower Hamlets spent £1,415 per head in 1993-94, followed by Hackney at £1,327.

Inner London boroughs as a whole spent more per head of population than other types of local authority. Expenditure was £1,083.62 in 1993-94, £406 more than shire areas, £349 more than metropolitan areas and £213 more than in Wales.

CIPFA says expenditure patterns reflected the characteristics of the areas served. For example, spending on homeless households was higher where there was insufficient spare council housing.

Environmental health costs were higher where there was a greater concentration of population, as were street lighting costs.

The Corporation of London spent £16,323 per head, although its figures are distorted by a night-time population of only around 5,400, compared with a day-time population of 320,000.

Welsh authorities had more under-fives in education than any other, CIPFA says.

Local government comparative statistics 1995, price £105 from CIPFA Publications Section, 3 Robert Street, London WC2N 6BH.

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