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NHS: Public Participation

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what quantitative public opinion research has been commissioned as part of the NHS next stage review. (198467)

The national health service next stage review, ‘Our NHS, our future’, has commissioned two national public opinion surveys. These surveys are being used as a source of evidence to inform the findings of the review. The results of these surveys will be released in the summer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the formula is for funding local involvement networks; and what the (a) unweighted funding per council and (b) unweighted funding per 100 people is for each local authority in 2008-09. (200169)

The Department received an allocation of £84 million over three years from HM Treasury to fund the establishment and costs incurred by local involvement networks (LINks). The allocations to local authorities (LAs) were based on two elements used in many similar cases to take account of key geographical factors such as deprivation, sparsity, area costs, etc. The first was a general baseline payment of £60,000 awarded to each LA. The second was calculated according to the relative needs formula (RNF), which is used to allocate funds to LAs in other areas of work.

The RNF relates to three population groups: children, younger adults (aged 18-64) and older people (aged 65 and over). The RNF includes needs components and costs components that are specific to the three age groups. The children’s formula consists of a basic amount per resident child aged 0 to 17, and top-ups for deprivation, fostering cost and area costs. The older people’s formula consists of a basic amount per person aged 65 and over and top-ups for age, deprivation, sparsity, low income from fees and charges, and area costs. The younger adults’ formula consists of a basic amount per person aged 18-64 and tops-ups for deprivation and area costs.

The formula is therefore defined in terms of need and costs. There is not a weighting component that could be extracted from the calculations because the calculations use local values (‘weights’) for ‘needs’ and for ‘costs’, and removing them would make it impossible to calculate the funding allocations. Extracting weights from the calculation would have the effect of each local authority receiving an equal funding allocation.

Using the allocations for LINks for 2008-09, we have been able to calculate the amount of local funding per 100 people (£) for 2008-09 and this is shown in the following table.

LA

Grant per 100 people (£)

Cornwall

48.02

Cumbria

46.75

Gloucestershire

39.85

Hertfordshire

34.11

Lincolnshire

41.56

Norfolk

41.08

Northamptonshire

37.80

Northumberland

53.23

Oxfordshire

35.13

Somerset

43.60

Suffolk

39.89

Surrey

30.67

Warwickshire

40.62

West Sussex

36.49

North Yorkshire

37.46

Bedfordshire

42.25

Buckinghamshire

37.29

Derbyshire

41.67

Dorset

45.47

Durham

51.08

East Sussex

46.68

Hampshire

29.89

Leicestershire

34.52

Staffordshire

36.58

Wiltshire

40.39

Cambridgeshire

37.11

Cheshire

37.41

Devon

40.23

Essex

35.28

Kent

35.57

Lancashire

38.98

Nottinghamshire

39.53

Shropshire

51.74

Worcestershire

40.13

Isles of Scilly

2,856.58

Barking and Dagenham

88.88

Barnet

55.38

Bexley

59.27

Brent

68.26

Bromley

50.46

Croydon

55.82

Ealing

59.84

Enfield

62.80

Haringey

76.30

Harrow

64.44

Havering

58.42

Hillingdon

58.86

Hounslow

64.82

Kingston upon Thames

65.22

Merton

62.28

Newham

86.22

Redbridge

61.81

Richmond upon Thames

59.44

Sutton

63.73

Waltham Forest

73.75

Camden

77.36

Greenwich

84.34

Hackney

99.50

Hammersmith and Fulham

83.68

Islington

91.86

Kensington and Chelsea

78.81

Lambeth

76.17

Lewisham

76.98

Southwark

78.32

Tower Hamlets

97.68

Wandsworth

60.58

Westminster

74.95

City of London

817.07

Bolton

63.09

Bury

66.64

Manchester

63.67

Oldham

68.97

Rochdale

70.99

Salford

73.03

Stockport

53.23

Tameside

68.29

Trafford

61.30

Wigan

57.15

Knowsley

92.51

Liverpool

66.74

St. Helens

74.40

Sefton

61.94

Wirral

64.27

Barnsley

67.90

Doncaster

59.27

Rotherham

63.20

Sheffield

50.11

Gateshead

73.26

Newcastle upon Tyne

63.15

North Tyneside

68.83

South Tyneside

84.23

Sunderland

62.66

Birmingham

55.39

Coventry

58.10

Dudley

56.56

Sandwell

70.42

Solihull

58.55

Walsall

66.60

Wolverhampton

71.32

Bradford

52.50

Calderdale

65.43

Kirklees

50.68

Leeds

41.10

Wakefield

56.74

Isle of Wight Council

83.04

Bath and North East Somerset

62.20

Bristol

51.06

South Gloucestershire

48.67

North Somerset

60.31

Hartlepool

108.96

Middlesbrough

88.09

Redcar and Cleveland

83.13

Stockton-on-Tees

66.53

East Riding of Yorkshire

47.64

Kingston upon Hull

67.42

North East Lincolnshire

75.82

North Lincolnshire

71.57

York

56.46

Luton

70.14

Milton Keynes

57.59

Derby

63.31

Bournemouth

73.63

Poole

74.95

Darlington

96.69

Brighton and Hove

58.87

Portsmouth

63.62

Southampton

61.78

Leicester

64.06

Rutland

179.13

Stoke-on-Trent

67.90

Swindon

60.26

Bracknell Forest

76.80

West Berkshire

63.82

Reading

72.81

Slough

86.64

Windsor and Maidenhead

66.86

Wokingham

56.81

Peterborough

74.87

Halton

92.57

Warrington

60.41

Plymouth

60.98

Torbay

89.69

Southend-on-Sea

77.23

Thurrock

74.86

Herefordshire

66.64

Medway

54.10

Blackburn with Darwen

87.04

Blackpool

88.25

Nottingham

64.28

Telford and the Wrekin

73.73