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Cornwall councillors press minister for fairer rural funding deal

By tobymeyjes  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

Andrew Kerr, John Pollard and Alex Folkes met with the local government minister to press for a fairer funding deal

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Senior representatives from Cornwall Council have met with the local government minister to plead for a fairer funding deal for the county.

Council leader John Pollard, finance and resource portfolio holder Alex Folkes and newly appointed chief executive Andrew Kerr met with minister Brandon Lewis in London yesterday to discuss the deal.

The council members attended the meeting to discuss the disparity between Government funding for rural and urban areas, however, budgetary strategy and cross-service funding allocation were also touched upon.

Cornwall’s government grant equates to roughly £408 per person, less than half of the £1,041 per person currently given to the London Borough of Hackney.

It is estimated that if Cornwall Council received the same level of funding it would gain more than £48million next year.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Pollard said it was constructive and worthwhile.

He said: “The minister listened to our points and engaged in a useful dialogue. We raised the issue of fair funding, having greater freedom and flexibility over our own finances.

“We also talked about our budgetary strategy and our plans for how we will shape the future of Cornwall.

“The minister understood the extra pressures Cornwall faces because of issues such as flooding and bad weather. We invited the minister to visit Cornwall soon to see for himself the good work Cornwall Council undertakes and he indicated that he was keen to do so.”

Mr Folkes added: “We raised the issue of fair of funding and also talked about our budgetary strategy and financial plans. (The fair funding argument) is a tough sell in that the Government has limited funds and if they give more money to us then they will have to give it to somewhere else. We made the case and we hope he took it on board.”

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  • BobToronto  |  January 08 2014, 3:41PM

    The central government taxes and then 'grants' these taxes back to local governments. Cut out the middleman and save the demeaning trips to beg for money. England should be more federal with provincial or state governments taxing and spending their own money. This would make all governments responsible for their spending - they would have to justify the taxes to pay for the spending.

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  • Anyone  |  January 08 2014, 9:32AM

    @willythefish Unfortunately, it is an all too accurate description of the rabble of clowns, thieves and chancers who live off our taxes." No it isn't, it is more and indication of a mentality that cannot comprehend, and education, on your part unfortunately.

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  • willythefish  |  January 08 2014, 7:11AM

    @ Turnerscrafts Ltd "Name calling (i.e. windbags, parasites, expenses guzzlers) is the lowest form of ignorance." Unfortunately, it is an all too accurate description of the rabble of clowns, thieves and chancers who live off our taxes.

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  • Anyone  |  January 07 2014, 11:42PM

    All of you who moan about the council and the councillors, ought to get a grip. If you don't like what is being done, either get out and vote for someone who you think will do better or stand for office yourselves then you will see and understand what councils are about. Name calling (i.e. windbags, parasites, expenses guzzlers) is the lowest form of ignorance. As I see it, the councillors led by John Pollard ( Whose character is exemplary ) are doing the best they can under the present economical circumstances. Yes our councillors have faults as we all have no one is perfect, but to **** them off in the way that has been done is irreprehensible .

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  • Doitdreckley  |  January 07 2014, 8:17PM

    Cutting the number of councilors although welcome would save only a few hundred thousand pounds. John Pollard is a good genuine man, proud of Hayle and Cornwall, and determined to do his best. Instead of moaning he and his colleagues should be praised for campaigning for a fair deal for Cornwall. It seems posters here can only moan and offer nothing, probably because they don't really like Cornwall.

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  • break  |  January 07 2014, 6:04PM

    I praise Cornwall Council for doing what seems to be the right thing for the people of Cornwall,but it seems as though I'm not the only one who is sceptical of their motives.No way will rural area's get more money as that would probably mean cutting the amount urban area's get,which really seems unlikely to me.Which leaves us with the question,what are our councillors up to this time?

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  • josdave  |  January 07 2014, 3:23PM

    I seem to think there must be a club for Council CEOs. Just look at the ones we have had lately. Lavery and his predecessor both got huge salaries and big payouts and moved on to well paid posts straightaway. It's a good way of fleecing the council taxpayer while providing them with a variety of posts with huge payouts after a very short time. Why can't the council see sense and refuse to pay these sill salaries (more than the Prime Minister is getting) and save us a lot6 of money while at the same time stop pouring OUR money into private enterprises like the airport and Eden?

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  • nickthompson  |  January 07 2014, 12:39PM

    "The Minister listened to our points and engaged in a useful dialogue"--------------------- Yes I bet he did , in one ear, and out the other, these three clowns who press the government for a fairer rural funding deal, support the same government who have cut our funding, and if Kerr is so concerned perhaps he might consider cutting the £176,000 a year + expenses we pay him to a more realistic figure, even if he has spent the 144,000 payoff package he received from Wiltshire County Council, having been employed by them for only 18 months, just how much does this parasite love us council tax payers?

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  • wringer  |  January 07 2014, 10:42AM

    ... and I hear that the turkeys have just all voted for Christmas Big_Ger ha ha!! £3,000,000 to the airport each and every year. goodness knows how much to the Eden project each and every year. meeting after meeting after meeting. that's where your money goes. I have said it before, I will say it again. of course we could do with more money in cornwall. of course funding needs to be fairer but lets make sure that the money that we do have is spent wisely in the first place and imo it isn't. too many officers now (not) working from home managers not managing and 123 councillors all paid. there are some really good ones but there are some that you wouldn't send out for your shopping let alone run a budget this size.

  • Big_Ger  |  January 07 2014, 9:26AM

    Well said "willythefish". Cutting back the number of county councillors by two thirds would be a great start.

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