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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Government expects to publish its conclusions on the consultation on the code of conduct for local government employees and restrictions on political activities. 
Mr. Woolas: We are considering the response to this consultation as part of a wider review, including the Standards Board's own review of the code of conduct for members, of the conduct regime for local government. We plan to announce our conclusions on the way forward later this autumn, once we have received the Board's recommendations for the members' code.
Mr. Woolas: The area cost adjustment (ACA) is the element of the funding formula that reflects variation in the cost of service delivery between local authorities. It has two components. The labour cost adjustment is the largest component and takes account of variation in local authority pay costs. The rates cost adjustment is a much smaller and accounts for variations in business rates costs. In 200506 it was calculated using the following data:
Gross non-domestic rates and increases and reductions in rate yields, as supplied by authorities to the First Secretary of State on the national non-domestic rates provisional contributions return 200405, and the total resident population as at 30 June 2003.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is currently consulting on options to change the local government funding formula, including options for changing the ACA calculation. The consultation document is available at on the ODPM website at:
Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2005, Official Report, column 315W, on local government finance, what the recommended levels of cash reserves were for each London borough from the district auditor. 
A local authority external auditor may express views on the reserves held by the authority, but it is for the authority to decide on the level of reserves it should budget for. It is not the role of the auditor to recommend a level.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much in (a) revenue support grant and (b) specific grants in (i) cash and (ii) real terms has been provided to the City of York in each year since 199798. 
The amounts of (a) revenue support grant and (b) specific grants inside Aggregate External Finance (AEF) City of York has received in cash and real terms each year since 199798 are shown respectively in Table A and Table B.
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Comparisons across years may not be valid due to changing local authority responsibilities. Additionally, revenue support grant can go up or down from one year to the next as a result of decreases and increases in the amount of redistributed business rates received by the authority.
Central Government funding is defined here as the sum of specific grants inside Aggregate external finance (AEF), formula grant (revenue support grant, redistributed business rates and police grant) and Greater London authority (GLA) grant.
Local authority revenue expenditure and financing England: Provisional outturn 200405" found at: http://www.local.odpm.gov.uk/fmance/stats/natstats.htm#rev
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many complaints the local government ombudsman has received about each London borough in each year since 1997; 
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(2) how many cases the local government ombudsman received relating to each London borough in each year since 1997 
|Barking and Dagenham||78||83||98||63|
|City of London||7||11||7||7|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||71||101||87||100|
|Kensington and Chelsea||66||64||56||68|
|Kingston upon Thames||34||47||49||38|
|Richmond upon Thames||50||72||51||50|
|Barking and Dagenham||78||95||133||103|
|City of London||8||12||9||14|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||82||101||107||90|
|Kensington and Chelsea||79||48||76||45|
|Kingston upon Thames||36||42||42||35|
|Richmond upon Thames||49||50||47||50|
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