Councillor laments government funding divide between city and rural councils

Council tax payers in North Devon stump up nearly £140 more than residents in Plymouth.

The issue was raised by North Devon councillor Brian Greenslade at a full council meeting on Wednesday night.

Mr Greenslade was highlighting the divide between rural and urban funding from central government.

Despite pledging an extra £231,000 Rural Services Delivery Grant to North Devon Council last month, government-funded spending power for Plymouth is £369.35 per head and just £285.16 for North Devon – a difference of nearly 23 per cent.

“It is not right; people are going to face council tax rises this year that they have not faced for a very long time,” said Mr Greenslade.