Local Government Finance

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Peter Soulsby Peter Soulsby Labour, Leicester South

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority population estimates used in the calculations to inform the 2007-08 local government funding settlement have been more than 5,000 people lower than official estimates of the population in those authorities.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Local Government & Community Cohesion), Department for Communities and Local Government

The 2007-08 Settlement uses population projections data for 2007 produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) as the key driver of population in the settlement calculations. For all data used in settlement calculations we have to use the best data available on a consistent basis for all authorities that are available at the time of making the settlement. At the time of making the multi-year settlements for 2006-07 and 2007-08, the best population projections data available were the 2003-based sub-national population projections produced by the ONS. These data were published on 25 November 2004.

The most recently published ONS mid-year population estimates are those for mid-2005, published on 24 August 2006.

Comparing the two sets of data: 12 local authorities, five police authorities and four fire and rescue authorities have their 2003-based projected population data for 2007 5,000 or more lower than their mid-2005 population estimate.

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