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Local Government Finance: Children

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she received from local authorities on the adequacy of the children's social services formula used in the 2008 to 2011 local government funding settlement in assessing the needs of children in urban areas; and what account she took of such representations. (199297)

During consultation on the 2008-09 settlement, local authorities representing urban areas expressed a range of views about the children's social services formula that was phased in from 2006-07. Most local authorities that expressed a view favoured the full implementation of the new children's formula, which better reflects the current patterns of relative need than the formula it replaced.

The House approved the Local Government Finance Settlement for 2008-09, including full implementation of this formula, on 4 February 2008.