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.
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.