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Local Government: Migration

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure that local authorities are able to meet costs arising in relation to (a) short-term and (b) long-term international migration. (199303)

In terms of Government funding, we have been able to provide a fair and affordable settlement for local government in a tight spending round, providing an average real terms increase in Government grant of 1.5 per cent. per year over the next three years.

In the longer term the Office for National Statistics are leading a programme of work to improve the population and migration statistics which will deliver improvements in time to incorporate the results in calculating the next three-year local government settlement.