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No sign of fair funding for Cornwall claims MP Andrew George

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

No sign of fair funding for Cornwall claims MP Andrew George
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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.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  December 20 2013, 10:26AM

    But Andrew, its your bleep in Government! Why not grow a pair and defect to MK? You will still get your pension if kicked out in 2015. Liberal and Tory is all the same.

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  • 1newlyn  |  December 20 2013, 9:44AM

    I agree with the statement from Bob of Toronto. All we hear is TALK TALK from our MP,s and very little action when it comes to their constituents .However we hear plenty when it comes to pay rises and how that despite their objection this money is being forced upon them .

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  • BobToronto  |  December 19 2013, 3:57PM

    This MP should take a educational vacation in Canada. The national government in Ottawa does not finance rubbish collection. Local rates should finance local services. Westminster should deal with national issues. I understand local property taxes are fed through Whitehall back to local authorities. This is treating local government as children. The MP should change this. Local authorities should finance their own expenditures. With MPs like this?? I am glad I emigrated

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