An indicator on the number of day visitors to a local authority's area is currently used in the Highways Maintenance and Environmental, Protective and Cultural Services (EPCS) blocks of the formula grant calculations. The indicators used in the grant formulae are currently being reviewed ahead of calculating the first three-year settlement for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.
Communities and Local Government are currently exploring, in discussion with the Settlement Working Group (SWG), an alternative approach to give an indication of the attractiveness to day visitors of an area. The papers and minutes of SWG meetings can be found on the Department's web site at:
Following SWG discussions, there will be a period of public consultation on options for formula changes, which may include an option for this alternative indicator.