MP helps to secure extra funding for county council
Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has expressed her relief that an additional Â£3.14million is being made available to Northumberland County Council over the next two years.
She made representations to Communities Secretary Greg Clark in the House of Commons on Monday.
Northumberland will receive additional funding from central government of £2.01million in 2016/17 and an extra £1.14million in 2017/18 compared with the provisional settlement. This comprises, for 2016/17, £265,637 in transitional grant and £1.75million in extra rural services delivery grant. For 2017/18 this comprises, £277,606 in transitional grant and £866,760 in extra rural services delivery grant.
Mrs Trevelyan said: “This is a better transitional settlement than expected, and I pay tribute to the Secretary of State for listening, and to Northumberland County Council’s Chief Executive, Steve Mason, for helping me make the case for our county. I will continue to work with the council in the coming months to contribute to the review of fairer funding announced by the Secretary of State, which colleagues and I have been calling for.”
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In a letter to Mrs Trevelyan about the settlement, Mr Clark said: “ I have announced a Fair Funding Review to consider the appropriate funding needs of different types of areas.
“It is nearly 10 years since the current formula was looked at thoroughly, and there is good reason to believe that the demographic pressures affecting particular areas – such as the growth in the elderly population – have affected different areas in different ways, as has the cost of providing services.
“We will conduct a thorough review of what the needs assessment formula should be in a world in which local government spending is funded by local resources not central grant.”