The leader of Cambridgeshire County Council has made an impassioned plea to the Government to put a fairer funding deal for our county at the top of their agenda.
In this video Councillor Steve Count calls on the Government to prioritise correcting the historic “unfair formula” and asks residents to lobby their MPs to make sure this happens.
Cambridgeshire County Council has joined forces with County Councils across the UK who suffer greatly from what Cllr Count calls ‘a broken formula’ to ask our MPs to take a message to government to make changes to Funding Formula plans. For more information, visit the County Councils Network website.
If Cambridgeshire was brought up to the current County Council average settlement we would receive £21m more funding per year and rising. Instead we face the need to make savings of £33m in 2019-20; followed by £18m in 2020-21
The key aspects which we are looking for in a new funding formula
- Recognition of growth / population changes which are not reflected in the current formula
- Reducing Council tax inequality. Council tax in Cambridgeshire averages £1,424 a year for a Band D property, whereas the average band D tax payer in Westminster pays £415 and in Wandsworth £428, as in inner London councils have extra revenues from things like parking charges, as well as a higher rate of Revenue Support Grant from central government
Over last five years Cambridgeshire County Council Council’s Revenue Support Grant has reduced by over £82m a year. During the same period Cambridgeshire has been the fastest growing county in the country.
We have invested significantly in transformation projects over the last few years – approximately £2m which has reduced our operating costs significantly.
We also regularly bid for additional funding from the Government and other funding bodies
Despite this our demand for services continues to rise
Referrals to children’s social care have risen most dramatically in rural councils, but they get half the money urban councils get to deliver these services.
In Cambridgeshire we have seen a 50% (48.8%) increase in the number of Looked after Children (LAC) and a 100% increase in the number of children needing a Child Protection Plan in the past four years. 2018/19 has seen increased in numbers of unaccompanied asylum seeking children needing our care. Yet Government funding is fixed.
The demand for Special Educational Needs schools places is rising and the complexity of this need is also increasing
The current funding formula for education spending has left a gap of 47% between the average per pupil funding received by counties and Inner London authorities. This means a £2,000 gap per pupil, between what is spent on Cambridgeshire children each year, compared to other areas
In the past four years the number of residents aged 85+ in Cambridgeshire has increased by 20%. We welcome the fact that people live longer but need adequate funding to support them to live safely and with dignity.
Join our #Fairdeal4Cambs campaign and help us in our bid to receive fairer funding for council services in Cambridgeshire.
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- Stark choices ahead for Council’s budget (September 2018)
- Schools forum calls for fairer funding (July 2018)
- Home to school transport costs warning (May 2018)
- Final government settlement welcomed – but anomalies highlighted (February 2018)
- Council sets budget – and calls for unity on fair funding push (February 2018)
- Fair deal discussed in Westminster (January 2018)
- Councillors propose 2.99% council tax increase to protect vital services and put finances on a firm footing (January 2018)
- Calls for fairer funding as provisional settlement is announced (December 2017)
- Call for a fair deal for Cambridgeshire (October 2017)
- Call for a fair deal for Adult Social Care in Cambridgeshire (September 2017)
- Call for a fair deal for children in Cambridgeshire (September 2017)
- Call for a fair deal for Education in Cambridgeshire (September 2017)