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Local Government Finance

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimates of population her Department uses when calculating the revenue support grant for each local authority. (210414)

I announced the 2008-09 and provisional 2009-10 and 2010-11 settlements on 24 January 2008 as part of the first ever three year settlement for local government. The main measures of population used in the calculation of Formula Grant are from the 2004-based sub-national population projections that were published by the Office for National Statistics on 27 September 2007. Projections for 2008, 2009 and 2010 have been used in respective settlement calculations.

The mid-2006 population estimates published by the Office for National Statistics on 22 August 2007 have also been used within the calculation of other indicators used in the Relative Needs Formulae.

In all cases, we have used the best data available on a consistent basis for all authorities and available at the time of calculating the allocations.

The full details of the indicators used for 2008-09 are shown in the Local Government Finance Report (England) 2008-09 (HC262) approved by the House on 4 February 2008.