52. Good population statistics are fundamental for
local policy development and for the planning and allocation of
funds for public services. Local Authorities, such as Westminster,
Slough and Manchester, have experienced difficulties where inaccurate
statistical data resulted in reduced allocation of financial resources.
The confusion between local and national migration estimates has
made planning and service provision more difficult for some Local
53. It is accepted
that population estimates are central to every national system
of official statistics. They are used in statistical formulae
that allocate vast sums of public money to the devolved administrations,
to local government, the health service and public services. It
is therefore a matter of social responsibility to ensure that
population statistics are calculated accurately.