MP helps to secure extra funding for county council

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has expressed her relief that an additional £3.14million is being made available to Northumberland County Council over the next two years.

Wednesday, 10th February 2016, 12:29 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th February 2016, 12:34 pm

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.”

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.

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“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.”