manifesto unveiled in bid to lobby MPs for fairer funding
County Council has this week set out a manifesto for what it wants
Westminster to deliver for the County during this parliament.
fairer funding settlement and progress on major infrastructure
projects are among the main items on the 'What Somerset Wants'
agenda that County Council Leader John Osman is raising with Somerset
May election produced four new MPs in the County, including Burnham-On-Sea's
James Heappey, and Cllr Osman is in the process of meeting each
of them to make sure all local MPs have a clear understanding
of the County Council's aims.
is vitally important that Somerset gets a fair deal from central
Government and our MPs will be a crucial part of that. I am keen
to work with them and with Westminster to make progress in some
key areas and it is essential that we speak as one in best interests
of Somerset," he said.
key things on the Somerset manifesto include:
Fairer funding a review of the local authority funding
formula so that it better recognises the underfunding of rural
counties. (Somerset is ranked 113 out of 152 top tier authorities
in terms of funding per person).
Fairer Funding for schools a better deal for Somersets
pupils under the Designated School Grant (Somerset is currently
ranked 121 out of 151 local authorities).
Delivery of the dualling and improvements to the A303 and
A358 key to economic growth in the South West as a whole.
Devolution of more decision-making powers to the
Progress on the Hinkley Point C development with
the associated investment and jobs for the county.
A long-term funding solution for the Somerset Rivers Authority
interim funding has been granted until the end of March
Superfast Broadband funding to the Connecting Devon
and Somerset project to bring broadband to 100% of communities.
Osman said: "We have long been campaigning for fairer funding
and that continues I would urge everyone to sign our online
petition on the subject here."
there are other key pieces of the Somerset jigsaw that need to
be in place if the county is to continue to prosper. They need
the support of central Government to really move forwards and
I am determined to do everything I can to get that support."