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Council leader Steve Count calls for fairer funding deal for Cambridgeshire in video


By Ben Comber


Shirehall, Cambridge . Picture Keith Heppell
Shirehall, Cambridge . Picture Keith Heppell

Cambridgeshire County Council has joined forces with county councils across the UK who suffer greatly from what Cllr Count calls 'a broken formula'.

Cllr Steve Count is calling on the Government to prioritise correcting the historic"unfair formulaand asking residents to lobby their MPs to make sure this happens.

Ahead of the Autumn Statement, Cllr Count asks MPs to take a message to government to make changes to Funding Formula plans.

Cllr Count said:"The historic fairer funding formula is seriously undermining our ability to deliver services and means we are forced to tax our local residents to make up the difference. At the moment the funding formula has completely diverged from where it used to be, a fair funding formula, this has happened over many years and continues to further diverge from appropriate distribution of resources across the country today. We want the government to correct a flaw in the national funding formula and are asking residents to speak to their MPs to ensure they look at this. Please support our Twibbon campaign, together we can make our voices heard."

The #Fairdeal4Cambs Twibbon campaign calls for fairer funding for council services in Cambridgeshire. Despite this county being the fastest growing in the UK, it ranks third from the bottom out of a total of 27 Shire counties in the funding it gets from government.

If Cambridgeshire received the average level of government funding (RSG) for counties it would receive an additional £15million to spend each year.

County Councils are the lowest funded of the upper tier councils receiving an average of £292 per resident less than councils in London and £166 less per head than metropolitan boroughs while levels of demand are rising faster in rural areas than those in more urban areas.

"Imagine how much more we'd have to spend in Cambridgeshire if counties were treated fairly against their urban counterparts", Cllr Count added.

For more information see www.countycouncilsnetwork.org.uk.

Support the #Fairdeal4Cams campaign by adding a Twibbon to your social media profile.



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