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NHS Finance

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the projected increases in populations used to determine the revenue allocations to primary care trusts within the Thames Gateway for (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) thereafter include the entirety of the population increase likely to be accommodated as a result of the increased rate of housebuilding anticipated under the Sustainable Communities Plan; and if she will make a statement. (110267)

The 2006-07 and 2007-08 allocations to primary care trusts (PCTs) use population projections published by the Office for National Statistics. Additionally, and in conjunction with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the Department included within these allocations a formula adjustment for the growth areas including Thames Gateway to support the Sustainable Communities Plan.

For the adjustment, DCLG provided variant population projections which forecast until 2016 the population resulting from additional homes over and above regional planning guidance in the growth areas. The growth area adjustment incorporates the relevant part of these variant population projections for 2006-07 and 2007-08.

The Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA) is reviewing the population base for allocations to PCTs after 2007-08 as part of its current work programme.