People urged to sign petition for fair funding
Rural campaigners have until today to sign a petition to end years of under-funding for Westcountry councils.
The Government's funding formula for local authorities means urban councils currently receive around 50% more money per person than rural councils.
The Rural Fair Share campaign is aiming to encourage the Government to address the ongoing disparity in funding between rural and urban areas.
The petition calls on the Government to reduce the funding gap to 40% by 2020.
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Dan Rogerson, Liberal Democrat MP for North Cornwall, is co-chairing the campaign and is expected to lead a parliamentary debate on October 10.
"I would encourage as many people as possible to sign the petition for rural local authorities like Cornwall Council to receive a fair share of government funding.
"With pressure on budgets, it is essential that we move to a fairer allocation of limited public resources. Along with my colleagues in the Rural Fair Share group we have already succeeded in gaining some additional support from the government for sparsely populated areas, but we are determined to go further."
A recent report by the Rural Services Network found that people pay higher council tax in rural areas and yet receive substantially less support for public services.
RSN director David Inman added: "Rural communities are getting a raw deal from the Government – even though it costs more to deliver services in the countryside."
With the formula for government settlements set to be frozen until 2020, the network believes the funding gap must be more balanced, before communities face another six years of unfairness.
For more information visit rsnonline.org.uk/parliamentary/rural-fair-share-petition