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The government's review of standard spending assessments has robbed Britain's 20 most deprived areas of£260 millio...
The government's review of standard spending assessments has robbed Britain's 20 most deprived areas of £260 million, while the most affluent are gaining more than £7m, an analysis by the Association of London Authorities revealed this week.

The ALA used deprivation indicators in the SSA calculations to compile a league table of the most deprived areas. It found the 20 most deprived had lost an average of 4.7% of their SSAs while the most affluent had gained an average of 7.6%.

Worst off areas have tended to lose out through the use of 1990-91 expenditure data in the calculations, when the London boroughs and other metropolitan areas were hardest hit by the threat of capping. Other losses have occurred through SSA changes such as the reduction in the importance of the additional educational needs index.

ALA Leader Toby Harris said: 'The government's excuse that the changes merely reflect a shift in population will not wash. 'The real reason for the these cuts is that the government is placing less emphasis on the educational needs of ethnic minority children and will give fewer resources to areas where large numbers of people are on income support or living in poor housing'.

The government has only agreed to cushion the impact of the changes in SSAs for 1994-95, and some London council members fear the DoE will scrap the damping grant the following year once it has tided the government over this May's London elections.
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