MP speaks out over 'unfair' funding for local services
MP has spoken out about the "unfair" way that rural public
services in our area receive funding as he calls for "urgent
Heappey has made the remarks following a debate on local council
funding formulas in the House of Commons.
said: "The way that public services in rural areas are funded
is unfair. Funding for schools, police, social care, our health
system and local government are all rigged in favour of the big
no real reason for that, in many cases its just a consequence
of decades of tweaking to formulas - it needs changing and urgently
added: "On school funding, we have already won a good victory
with almost every school in the Wells constituency gaining under
the new national funding formula. However, limits on the amount
that some of the currently better funded schools can lose means
that it will take many years for the formula to be fully enacted
and for funding to be equalised."
money on Adult Social Care will be allocated on the needs-based
formula which recognises the cost of rurality and the ageing demographic.
NHS funding is increasingly being allocated on the same basis."
is good news for Somerset but we have a long way to go before we
achieve parity with our urban neighbours. Frustratingly, however,
although police funding in theory utilises the same needs based
formula, the effects of that formula are being dampened
meaning that were still at a huge disadvantage."
week in Parliament we won an important concession from the Government
on local council funding formulas. A full review will follow into
the way those funds are allocated ahead of the next Local Government
Funding Settlement being announced in 2019."
my speech to House of Commons, I made the point that living costs
are often higher in rural areas and so the Government cannot see
increased council tax as the sole solution here. Rurality is beautiful
but it brings real challenges."
local councils need a fair deal so that they can deliver high quality
public services in the villages and towns across our wonderful country."