HC Deb 30 January 2002 vol 379 c434W
Mr. Jim Cunningham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will increase the money for personal social services in Coventry to match the national average. [28886]

Yvette Cooper

[holding answer 23 January 2002]: Coventry's personal social services standard spending assessment increases in 2002–03 by about 4 per cent. compared to the national average increase of about 5 per cent. Coventry's increase is below the national average mainly because its population has decreased, whereas the national population has increased. Population size is a key factor in the SSA allocation formulae.