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LABOUR PARTY SAYS COMMUNITY CARE FUNDING FORMULA FLAWED

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The Labour Party says inaccuracies in the government's allocation of funding for community care led to shortfalls, ...
The Labour Party says inaccuracies in the government's allocation of funding for community care led to shortfalls, in the case of Essex CC amounting to almost £2 million, the East Anglian Daily Times reports.

Labour community care spokesman David Hinchcliffe said the funding formula was bizarre and unfair.

For 1993-94, old income support data reflecting past claims towards the cost of residential and nursing care were used to distribute grant, giving areas with the largest numbers of care homes more money even though residents often came from outside the authority's area.

Next year's grant uses revised standard spending assessment figures.

Mr Hinchcliffe is calling on the government to compensate all councils for money lost.
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