Time running out to call for fair funding

Cllr Alan Rhodes with the Fair Deal petition at County Hall
Cllr Alan Rhodes with the Fair Deal petition at County Hall

Eastwood and Kimberley residents have just a couple of weeks left to join Notts County Council’s in sending a message to Prime Minister David Cameron that huge cuts to funding in the county are unfair.

The Fair Deal for Nottinghamshire campaign petition closes on March 31. It can be signed at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/fairdeal

The petition is calling on the Prime Minister to rethink the huge cuts in funding for local council services and review the extent of cuts in areas of high deprivation.

Only five county councils in the whole country will see a bigger reduction in ‘spending power’ than Nottinghamshire in the latest round of cuts, despite Nottinghamshire having some of the areas of highest deprivation in the country.

Despite already cutting more than £100m from its budgets and shedding 3,000 jobs since 2010, the council’s main source of Government funding, the Revenue Support Grant is being cut by a further 21% over the next two years.

This is equivalent to a £63 cut per resident in Nottinghamshire, double that of some more affluent areas in the south of England.

The Fair Deal for Nottinghamshire petition will be handed in at 10 Downing Street by Cllr Alan Rhodes, leader of Notts County Council, this spring.

Cllr Rhodes said: “The funding position for local services is absolutely appalling - and yet the Government tells us they’re going to make it even worse. Every service has been cut back, we’ve already lost more than 3,000 jobs and yet we are still being forced to take a further £154m out of what is left.”

More than 3,000 people have signed the position so far — either online or in paper form.