With the closing date for registrations looming (30 August 2019) book now to attend our National Rural Conference, (in association with the CCRI), in Cheltenham on 3rd & 4th September) here. The keynote speaker for the conference is the Rt Hon Lord Foster of Bath, Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy.

Council leader argues for fairer rural funding

Derbyshire County Council leader Barry Lewis has argued for a fairer funding settlement for rural areas in the Local Government Chronicle this week.

He cites analysis by the Rural Services Network that shows that the current funding regime awards rural authorities £123 less per person than urban authorities, and asks: ‘Rural residents pay more, receive fewer services, and on average earn less than those in urban areas.

Yet they often have the same, or sometimes greater, need for public services. Isn’t that the definition of a postcode lottery?’

Full article:

→ Local Government Chronicle - Barry Lewis: Fair funding must recognise rural challenges


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