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Standard Spending Assessments

Volume 597: debated on Thursday 18 February 1999

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What is their current definition of and the purpose assigned to the term "Standard Spending Assessment" as applied to local authorities.[HL905]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
(Lord Whitty)

Standard Spending Assessments are the Government's way of dividing up total standard spending (not including specific and special grants) between local authorities. The formulas used to work out Standard Spending Assessments make use of information on the demographic, social and physical characteristics of local authority areas. They are set out in Section 4 of the Local Government Finance Report.