Epping Forest, Woking, Mole Valley and Hemel Hempsted, But not Burnley, Halifax or Rochdale to be included in area for 35% standard Method Urban Top up

This post is now out of date published before the guidance. However the actual guidance is just as bad.

Oanishambles 2. Reports in times today suggested we would have the old 2017 formula (which included the cap) with the difference of 35% from 300k per annum made up from adding to the 20 largest cities and town.

As the reference is to town and cities not local authorities this must refer to the definition of ‘Primary Urban Areas’ introduced from 2001 census data to define where urban areas are. It was never updated for the 2011 census. The ONS has not updated its method for defining urban areas by population so so far this is the only thing they have to go on (Centre for Cities has for its own purposes).

The list is as follows:

Yu will note the areas included in London and excluded from Manchester. Places like Southampton, Southend, Portsmouth don’t make the list. If the government arbitrarily creates a new definition without consultation then legal action will definitely follow.

RankPrimary Urban Area (PUA)Population
(2001 census)
County (traditional)Constituent local authorities[8]LUZ NameLUZ SizeLUZ EU Rank
1London8,294,058MiddlesexSurreyKentEssex and HertfordshireGreater LondonEpping ForestBroxbourneDacorumThree RiversWatfordDartfordGraveshamElmbridgeEpsom and EwellMole ValleyRunnymedeSpelthorne and WokingLondon12,208,1001
2Birmingham2,293,099WarwickshireWorcestershire and StaffordshireCities of Birmingham and Wolverhampton, Metropolitan Boroughs of DudleyWalsallSandwell and SolihullBirmingham2,284,09321
3Manchester1,741,961Lancashire and CheshireCities of Manchester and Salford; Metropolitan Boroughs of TamesideTraffordBuryOldham and StockportManchester2,732,85423
4Liverpool830,112LancashireLiverpoolMetropolitan Borough of Knowsley and Metropolitan Borough of St HelensLiverpool1,365,90041
6Sheffield551,800YorkshireSheffield and RotherhamSheffield1,277,10046
7Teesside472,200County Durham and YorkshireIncludes MiddlesbroughRedcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Teesn/an/an/a
8Bristol428,234Gloucestershire and SomersetBristolBristol1,006,60064
9Bournemouth and Poole382,536DorsetBournemouthChristchurch and Poolen/an/an/a
10Stoke-on-Trent360,810StaffordshireIncludes the towns of Newcastle under Lyme and Kidsgroven/an/an/a
11Leicester329,600LeicestershireLeicesterBlaby and Oadby and WigstonLeicester887,00075
12Wirral331,232CheshireWirralBirkenhead and Ellesmere Port and NestonLiverpool1,365,90041
15Bradford293,717YorkshireMetropolitan Borough of BradfordLeeds1,499,46537
16Newcastle279,100Tyne and WearNewcastle Upon TyneNewcastle Upon Tyne1,055,60059
17Bolton277,300LancashireMetropolitan Borough of BoltonManchester2,732,85423
18Brighton and Hove273,400SussexBrighton and Hoven/an/an/a
20Hull256,100YorkshireKingston upon HullKingston upon Hull573,300113

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