A Cornwall MP has dismissed Government efforts to give fairer funding to rural areas as “merely chicken feed”, and says it will take more than 1,000 years to end the inequality with urban areas.
The Government yesterday unveiled how much councils will get from Whitehall to pay for vital services such as caring for the vulnerable and rubbish collection.
Cornwall Council will lose £13.6 million in “spending power” in 2014, a cut of 2.7%, and a further £5.6 million the year after, a reduction of 1.1%.
Meanwhile, councils classed as in sparse areas will receive a share of a £9.5 million grant in recognition of rural authorities being under-funded the extra costs in providing services to. The Rural Fair Share campaign argues urban areas received 50% more funding per head.
In the Commons, Andrew George, Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives in Cornwall, said: “The settlement... is merely chicken feed as far as addressing the inequality between rural and urban areas.
“Are you not aware it will take, at this rate, more than 1,000 years to put right the inequality between urban and rural areas?”
Councillor Alex Folkes, Cornwall Council cabinet member, warned of finding savings of up to £195 million over the next five years.