Floods: Gloucestershire

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 1st February 2008.

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Photo of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what provision was made in the most recent local government grant settlement for local authorities in Gloucestershire to introduce flood resilience measures.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

Formula grant is an unhypothecated block grant i.e. authorities have the freedom to spend the grant on any service provided that they meet their statutory duties. For this reason, and due to the method of calculating formula grant, particularly floor damping, it is not possible to say how much grant has been provided for any particular service. It is for local authorities to set their budgets, taking into account the needs of their local community.

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