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]
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.