12:34 Friday 25 October 2013

MP Jim Paice passes petition calling for fairer funding for rural areas

Written byJORDAN DAY

MP Jim Paice MP Jim Paice

MP Sir Jim Paice has passed a petition demanding fairer Government funding for rural areas to Graham Stuart MP, Secretary of the Rural Fair Share Group.

The Rural Fair Share campaign’s petition totalled over 19,000 signatures from 119 constituencies.

It was signed by 35 South East Cambridgeshire residents and will form part of a wider campaign drawing attention to the disparity in rural funding.

The Government’s funding formula for local authorities means rural councils currently receive around 50 per cent less money per person than urban councils.

The petition opposes the Government’s planned freezing of this inequality for the next six years, and instead calls for the funding gap to be reduced in staged steps by at least 10 per cent by 2020.

Mr Stuart said: “The campaign will bring together members of both Houses of Parliament, along with organisations, community groups, and individuals concerned about the welfare of our rural communities.

“It will also help MPs who represent the countryside to do a better job of making our case about the needs of rural areas.”

Mr Stuart will present the petition on Monday, November 4.

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