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OPINION - VIEWPOINTS

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Are population estimates damaging your council?...
Are population estimates damaging your council?

'We have little confidence in official estimates, therefore we believe their use only compounds the issue of a council not being adequately resourced.'

Carole Pattison

Local government consultant

'Ministers either don't know the numbers, or can't afford to pay us the right amount!'

John Harrison

Director of strategic resources, Peterborough City Council

'It's not just about population stats, for rural-based authorities - geography is just as important

a factor.'

Michael Brymer

Corporate performance & strategy

manager, Hinckley & Bosworth BC

'It is particularly galling that we have to forecast our increase in taxbase, so that it can be discounted, but the population data used for grant calculations is out of date.'

David Hill

Chief executive, Ashford BC

'Out-of-date population estimates, plus rapid housing growth, mean that south-east counties get a double-whammy.'

Jan Britton

Environment services manager, Buckinghamshire CC

'No, because we've hit the ceiling - but as the formula is notional, will it ever reflect reality?'

Guy Holloway

Acting head of corporate development, Kettering BC

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