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Social Services: Grants

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much central Government grant each local authority delivering social services would have received if (a) floors and ceilings had not been applied and (b) if damping had not been applied to the children and young adults element of the grant. (112523)

[pursuant to the reply, 8 February 2007, Official Report, c. 1162W]: A corrected table has been placed in the Library of the House showing how much formula grant, which comprises revenue support grant, redistributed business rates and principal formula police grant, would have been received in 2007-08 (a) if damping had been applied to the Children's Social Care Relative Needs Formula and the Younger Adults' Personal Social Services Relative Needs Formula but floor damping had not been applied and (b) if damping had neither been applied to the Children's Social Care Relative Needs Formula and the Younger Adults' Personal Social Services Relative Needs Formula nor had floor damping been applied.

It is not possible to say how much grant authorities would have received in 2007-08 had damping not been applied to the Children's Social Care Relative Needs Formula and the Younger Adults' Personal Social Services Relative Needs Formula but floor damping had been applied, since we might have taken different decisions on the level of floor damping to ensure that every authority would have received a reasonable increase year-on-year on a like-for-like basis. i.e. after adjusting for changes in funding and function.