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Social Care Funding

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the social care formula spending share per head was for each local authority for (a) children and (b) adults for 2006-07. (88798)

In announcing the provisional 2006-07 Local Government Finance Settlement on 5 December 2005, Official Report, column 627, I explained to the House that we were abolishing Formula Spending Shares. These notional spending figures were misunderstood and misused for a variety of purposes for which they were neither intended nor suitable.

Formula grant, which comprises Revenue Support Grant, redistributed business rates and principal formula Police Grant, is an unhypothecated block grant—i.e. councils are free to spend it on any service. Because of this, and because of the calculation of formula grant, in particular floor damping, it is not therefore possible to say how much grant an authority received for a particular purpose. I would therefore refer the hon. Member to the table showing formula grant per head placed in the Libraries of the House in response to a question from the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) on 14 July 2006, Official Report, column 2103W.