I would be pleased to meet with a delegation from Stoke-on-Trent Council to discuss this issue.
The consultation on the development of a strategy for the Supporting People programme, which concluded on 28 February 2006, asked for views on how Government should approach the calculation of grant allocations for individual Supporting People authorities. We received 1,130 responses, including 166 from local councils, as well as responses from consultation events and representations made outside this process. A summary of those responses was published on 11 July 2006 and is available on our Supporting People website—www.spkweb.org.uk.
As I announced on 19 July 2006, Official Report, columns 22-23WS, those responses were taken into account in determining our approach to Supporting People allocations for 2007-08, and further analysis of those responses will be carried out with a view to taking forward work on how we can distribute future funding based on need.