MP demands fairer funding for rural local authorities
E RIDING: Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart is one of more than 30 MPs demanding a fairer share of government funding for rural local authorities.
They claim it was unfair that rural communities received less funding than their urban counterparts.
The comments came during an MP debate on the issue of local government finance this week. The local government financial settlement for 2013-14 faces a vote by MPs today
Mr Stuart, who chairs the Rural Fair Share campaign, said the rural penalty saw 50 per cent more per head of population going to urban councils.
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He said: "The additional cost of delivery in rural areas means there is a demand across the country for a fairer settlement."
Mr Stuart asked local government minister Brandon Lewis whether he would be willing to discuss next year's settlement, to ensure "we get the settlements right from then onwards".
Overall, rural residents pay £75 higher council tax per head of population, yet receive less support for services, according to figures from the Rural Services Network.