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Campaign against 'unfair' government funding for Northants

Northamptonshire County Council is calling for a fairer funding deal from the government. Photo: ITV News Anglia

The Conservative-run Northamptonshire County Council is calling for a fairer funding deal from the government after revealing that other counties get as more as £159 more per person.

Northamptonshire has one of the fastest growing populations in the country and demand for services is growing at an unprecedented rate but the council says the government’s current funding formula does not take into account today’s demand levels and population data.

Official said that if Northamptonshire County Council were to receive the same funding per head of population as East Sussex, it would receive an extra £115m to spend on local services every year. That equates to an additional £159 per person.

Northamptonshire receives £159 per person less in government funding than East Sussex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Conservative leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Heather Smith, was written to all seven of the county's Tory MPs and the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid to call for an urgent review of the formula used to calculate local government funding.

Cllr Smith said: “While we have always managed to deliver a balanced budget, it is becoming increasingly difficult to balance the increasing demand for local services against the reducing level of funding we receive from central government – which is significantly less than many comparable county councils.

The leader of Northamptonshire County Council is calling for an urgent review of the funding formula. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“Since 2010, we have delivered savings and efficiencies totalling £376 million, which have involved some very difficult decisions affecting local services. By 2021, our total savings will have risen to £0.5 billion.

“Unfortunately, this still isn’t enough.

“We are working incredibly hard to manage the severe financial pressures but we need an urgent review of the Government’s funding formula for local councils to ensure we get a fair deal for residents and put us in a stronger position to protect frontline services as much as possible.”

– Cllr Heather Smith, Leader, Northamptonshire County Council