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Local Government Finance

Volume 403: debated on Monday 10 March 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Standard Spending Assessment was for each year between 1996–97 and 2002–03 and the Formula Standard Spend for 2002–03 and 2003–04 and the percentage change in each year from the previous year, for the Isle of Wight (a) in total and (b) broken down by major funding blocks; and what the aggregate external finance was for each year. [101556]

Over the period requested there have been many changes in the functions and funding of services to local government. To enable a like-for-like comparison between years, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister calculates adjusted Standard Spending Assessment (SSAs) and grants. The percentage change figures have been calculated on the basis of these like-for-like comparisons.Until the introduction of Central Support Protection Grant in 1999–2000, there was no need to calculate grant on a like-for-like basis, and for this reason grant comparisons in the years 1996–97 to 1998–99 are not available. There were no changes in funding and function between 1998–99 and 1999–2000 that needed reflecting in adjusted SSAs or grants for 1998–99 to allow a like-for-like comparison; the actual 1998–99 values have therefore been used in this case.

Standard spending assessments/formula spending shares




Highway Maintenance




Formula Grant (ie RSG plus NNDR)

Adjusted 1999–200053.18921.5893.5863.60119.7716.000107.73677.616
Percentage change7.
Adjusted 2000–0157.50222.7633.7843.74020.4216.656114.86783.016
Percentage change6.
Adjusted 2001–0255.43723.7663.9684.02621.5627.748116.50782.658
Percentage change6.
2002–03 FSS61.84027.4184.6764.05027.4928.571134.04891.394
Comparitors 2003–04 FSSs64.83429.4715.3733.81830.61210.114144.22196.318
Percentage change4.87.514.9-5.711.318.07.65.4