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Local Government Finance: Coastal Areas

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the impact of day visitors on levels of expenditure by local authorities containing coastal towns. (252930)

A measure of the number of day visitors to an authority is taken into account in the relative needs formulae for both highways maintenance and environmental, protective and cultural services used in the distribution of formula grant to local authorities.

Formula grant is an unhypothecated block grant which means that local authorities decide how they allocate this grant across the services that they provide.