Friday, September 27, 2013
Petition calls for Government parity between town and country.
RURAL residents and councillors have less than a week to sign a petition demanding fairer funding from the Government for rural communities.
The Government’s funding formula for local authorities means urban councils currently receive around 50 per cent more money per person than rural councils.
The Rural Fair Share petition, led by MP Graham Stuart, calls on the Government to reduce the funding gap to 40 per cent by 2020.
Mr Stuart said: “Overall rural residents earn less, on average, than those in cities, pay council tax which is £75 more per person but see urban areas receive Government grants 50 per cent higher per head than those in the countryside.
“The Government is proposing to freeze this position until 2020.
“We believe that freezing the system until 2020 is indefensible, locking-in past unfairness and stopping changes the Government has itself agreed, actually being implemented.
“We are not arguing for more Government spending overall but for fair allocations within the spending envelope. When money is tight it is even more important that funding allocations are fair.
“I urge rural residents to sign the petition and support our campaign for a fairer rural share.”
The petition runs until Monday 30 September. To sign up, visit www.rsnonline.org.uk/parliamentary/rural-fair-share-petition