Borough Government Grant

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Around £180m is top-sliced from the boroughs' government grant and given to TfL, with TfL then using it to maintain non-TfL borough roads. However, some £25m goes astray in this process. Why is this? Where has the money gone?


Answer for Borough Government Grant

Answer for Borough Government Grant

Answered By: 
The Mayor

You seem to be contrasting two different revenue schemes to boroughs, a fact that was similarly raised by the Leader of London Borough of Bexley at a recent Assembly Budget Committee meeting. The government grant to TfL does not identify a specific amount that should be provided to boroughs. There has been a significant increase in the level of funding since TfL became responsible for providing financial assistance to boroughs. The 2007/08 allocation is £160m, nearly double the £83.8m provided by Government Office for London in 1999/2000. I believe that the £180m referred to is the estimated amount of funding for highway maintenance that the government provides directly to London boroughs as part of the overall revenue support grant. It is for boroughs to decide how much of the revenue grant is used for highway maintenance, but it is a direct grant to boroughs and TfL and I do not get involved.