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Council leaders take fight for a fair funding deal to House of Commons

18 October 2017

Cllr Martin Hill visited the House of Commons to discuss better funding deal

County council leader Cllr Martin Hill has joined Lincolnshire MPs in a meeting with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to discuss getting a better funding deal for the county

Cllr Hill and some Lincolnshire MPs - Dr Caroline Johnson, Matt Warman, John Hayes, Nick Boles and Victoria Atkins - were also joined by Marcus Jones (Minister for Local Government) and other Lincolnshire council leaders on Wednesday 18 October.

The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the difficulties councils are having in funding services because of increasing costs and demand, combined with declining government funding.

Cllr Martin Hill, said:
“I’m pleased to report that the meeting was positive and Sajid Javid was complimentary about how well the council is running services in Lincolnshire, especially considering our low funding rates. He does however accept that the formula is unfair to rural areas, and is personally committed to reforming this.

“Our funding rates are set for the next 2 years and I’m comfortable that we can find the savings we need to during this time to meet our budget shortfall. However, with increasing costs and demand for services, we were clear with Ministers in our meeting that something has to change. We are expecting further Government announcements about this before the end of the year, following the Chancellor’s budget.

“If councils here received the average funding for council areas in England, the region would benefit from £116million of extra funding for services, every year. This is a huge amount and would make an enormous difference to Lincolnshire residents and the services they value.

“I’m pleased that the Government has recognised this as a real issue that needs to be addressed but time is running out with our budget shortfalls increasing every year. I’m looking forward to putting the case forward on behalf of Lincolnshire and other rural areas where the cost of providing services is significantly more expensive than for urban councils.”

The meeting was arranged by Dr Caroline Johnson MP, who added:

“I am glad to have been able to secure this meeting with the responsible ministers to put forward the case for Lincolnshire. We live in a large rural county and appropriate funding is necessary to ensure that our council can provide services like adult social care and road maintenance over a wide area. This is a matter of fairness and I will continue doing whatever I can as a Lincolnshire MP to push for us to get the funding we deserve.”

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