'I think we will be lucky if we get as much as 2%', he told LGC. Mr Martin said massive redistributions of grant necessary because of the inclusion of 1991 census data in SSAs could not be wholly offset by 'damping' mechanisms favoured by anxious ministers.
In particular London councils would have lost 3.4% of their SSAs, £243 million, this year if the new data had been included. Metropolitan councils would have lost 0.5% - £45m - while county SSAs would have risen by 0.7%, £118m. The biggest winners are likely to be shire districts which would have seen a 6.1%, or £170m, addition to their SSAs.