The data used in the calculation of grant entitlements come from a variety of different sources and the validation of data varies accordingly.
In many cases, data providers, such as the Office for National Statistics, will undertake validation. The Office for the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) checks data used in the calculation of grant entitlement as part of the wider local government finance settlement calculations by comparing supplied data year on year. Where appropriate, ODPM then queries any anomalies with the Department or body responsible for supplying the data.
All data used is provided as part of the local government finance consultation.