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'Near-miss' councils revealed

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Sheffield City Council and Dover DC were the two authorities that missed out by the narrowest margin on being included in the band given the most protection in the local government finance settlement.

This is according to a full list of how the Department for Communities & Local Government calculated individual authorities’ reliance on central government funding in its banding calculations.

As part of the settlement, DCLG split both upper- and lower-tier councils into four ‘bands’ according to their reliance on formula grant. Those in Band 1 were afforded the most protection in the settlement and those in Band 4 the least.

Cuts for upper-tier councils ranged from 11.3% for Band 1 authorities to 14.3% for Band 4 in 2011-12. A slightly more generous settlement for 2012-13 will see cuts range between 7.4% and 10.4%. Lower-tier councils saw cuts range from 13.8% to 16.8% in 2011-12.

While the final bands were published, councils were listed in alphabetical order, not according to their reliance on government grant.

By repeating the calculations detailed in the supporting documents to the settlement and using data supplied by the department, it has been possible to construct a full list.

The list can be accessed here.

For upper-tier councils, Sheffield City Council was the highest-ranked authority in Band 2, Redbridge LBC the highest-ranked authority in Band 3 and Suffolk CC the highest-ranked in Band 4.

For lower-tier councils, Dover DC was the highest-ranked authority in Band 2, Eden DC the highest-ranked authority in Band 3 and South Northamptonshire Council the highest-ranked in Band 4.

Details of how the bands were calculated can be accessed here.

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