§ Dr. Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his estimate of the level of community charge for spending at needs assessment which would apply in 1989–90 if the proposed local government finance system were in operation; and what assumptions are made to arrive at that answer.
§ Mr. Ridley
[holding answer 22 June 1989]: The estimate is £240 per adult. This figure is calculated by deducting rate support grant, and the assumed yield of non-domestic rates from total grant-related expenditure, leaving the amount to be raised by the community charge. This figure underlay the information placed in the Library on 1 March.