To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the standard spending assessments and formula spending share was for each year for Torbay Unitary Authority; what the percentage change in each ear from the previous ear has been; and what the aggregate external finance was for each year. 
Since 1 April 1998, when Torbay Unitary Authority was first created, there have been man changes in the functions and funding of services to Local Government. To enable a like-for-like comparison between ears, we calculate adjusted Standard Spending Assessment's 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 ears 1997–98 and 1998–99 are not available. There were no changes in funding and function between 1998–99 and 1999-2000 that needed reflecting in adjusted grants for 1998–99 to allow a like-for-like comparison; the actual 1998–99 values have therefore been used in this case.In 2003–04, SSAs were replaced with Formula Spending Shares (FSSs). The 2003–04 total FSS figure has been compared to the FSS comparitor for 2002–03 in order to give a like-for-like comparison. The FSS comparitor for 2002–03 is similar to the adjusted 2002–03 SSA but with the increased resource equalisation also applied.The adjusted 1997–98 total SSA figure for Torbay was calculated using the same formulae as for other education authorities, but assuming that the 1 April 1998 Local government reorganisations occurred a year earlier.
Total SSA/FSS (£ million)
Percentage increase in SSA/FSS ear-on-ear
Formula Grant (ie RSG + NNDR)(£ million)
Percentage increase in Formula Grant