'Give Cornwall fair funding' says MP Andrew George
WEST Cornwall MP Andrew George is urging local people to support a campaign for fair funding for Cornwall.
Mr George will tell Local Government Ministers that Cornwall has inner city level deprivation but receives Government funding equivalent to wealthy shire counties; he is collecting signatures across West Cornwall as part of the national petition which will be presented to Parliament next week.
Mr George said: “Under the Government's funding formulae, rural local authorities are penalised in contrast to their urban counterparts. Urban and metropolitan authorities receive 50 per cent more Government money per head than rural councils.
“It has been brought into sharp relief at a time when Cornwall Council is being forced to find ways of saving millions of pounds from its budget due to the Government's belt tightening. Cornwall wouldn’t face these challenges if it received a fair share of Government funding.
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“When money is tight it becomes even more important that the funding arrangements are fair. Currently, Cornish residents earn less on average than those in the cities but pay council tax which is £75 more per head. However, urban and metropolitan councils receive Government grants of 50 per cent per person more than those in rural areas.”