An MP has pledged to review the way council funding is calculated after receiving a petition signed by 10,000 Enfield residents calling for a better deal.

Rishi Sunak, parliamentary under-secretary of state for local government, has pledged to ensure up-to-date information is used to calculate the amount of grant funding the borough receives from Westminster.

He said he recognised the population of Enfield had changed since the last local government funding calculations were made in 2013-14 and would look into including population growth projections as part of future sums.

Mr Sunak said the review of funding for local authorities being carried out by his officials would provide “an up-to-date, robust and responsive funding distribution mechanisms for future financial settlements”.

He added: “I also recognise that deprivation levels drive service demand, including for children’s services.”

His comments came in a letter to Joan Ryan, MP for Enfield North, who raised the petition – which was drawn up by Enfield Over 50s Forum – with the government.

The petition called for the ending of a scheme introduced 16 years ago that has seen Enfield’s funding allocation cut back every year to help councils outside London.

Enfield currently gets less than £350 per resident from the government, while some other London boroughs get more than £500 per head.

This is despite the fact that it is the 12th most deprived borough in the capital and has a rapidly growing population.

Monty Meth, president of the Over 50s Forum, said: “While it is useful to be told that the government will no longer use out-of-date population data in calculating Enfield’s grant allocation, and the funding distribution to all 353 local authorities in England will be robust and responsive, what we need to see is the colour of the government’s money.

“It is no good telling us we will be getting a fair share of a grants system that by 2020 will have seen Enfield suffer cuts of some £200 million since 2010.

“What we need is a promise that the cuts will be restored and we’ll get our fair share of a bigger cake, so that our council can provide the services people need.”