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Wednesday, 23 October, 2002, 10:20 GMT 11:20 UK
Shrinking city could lose cash
Derby skyline
Derby has 15,000 less people than originally thought
Council leaders fear they could lose millions of pounds in government cash because of figures showing Derby's population is shrinking.

Statistics gathered by the 2001 Census said the city's population had fallen to 221,000.

However, Derby City Council claims the figure is considerably higher at 236,000 and has asked the government to review its estimate.

If the census figure is accepted, it could mean a loss of 4m in cash because government grants are partly based on population.


We believe that the census has under estimated the true population of Derby

Chris Williamson, leader of the council
Leader of Derby council Chris Williamson said it would have a big affect on the services it provides.

He said: "It is very important because the funding for local government services in the city is based on the population.

"We believe that the census has under estimated the true population of Derby and we are therefore making a very robust case to the government to revise the figure.

Forms returned

"I think there is a number of problems with the census - one of the biggest problems is that the number of returns is significantly less than the number of people who live in the city."

He said the council had based its estimates on figures such as the number of people on the electoral roll and the number of children on school registers.

The Office of National Statistics, which compiled the census, said in a statement: "The 2001 Census figures have been through a rigorous process of quality assurance both nationally and for each of the 376 local authorities in England and Wales.

'Best figures'

"They provide the best possible figures on the size of the population resident in each local authority.

"The Census results now show us that population estimates have been over-estimating both the size of, and the growth in, the population over the last few years in many areas.

"In Derby completed census forms were returned for 96% of the population.

"This is higher than the average for England and Wales of 94%."


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