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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

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  • 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
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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

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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

Older people

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.


The council’s key sources of funding are Council Tax –where the council is already including the 2% adult social care precept, Central Government grants (excluding grants to schools), locally retained business rates and the income that we raise

The total cost of running the council in 2018/19 will be £612m not including expenditure by schools. 

In 2018-19, Cambridgeshire County Council will receive £281m in council tax, £121m in grants, £146m in fees and charges and £64m in business rates, excluding grants which go directly to schools

Our savings/income target for 2018/19 is £41.9m - with more than £100m required over the next 5 years from things like social care client contributions, pooled budgets from partners including the NHS, rental income from the County Farms estate, parking charges and our ESPO dividend.

Each 1% of council tax equals £2.7m available for the council to spend on vital services.

Percentage increase in Council Tax has an annual Impact on a Band D Household as follows

  •  2%  - annual increase of  £23.76   - adult social care precept
  •  2.99 %  £35.64   (-proposed additional charge)

e.g at £1.14 a week, a 4.99% rise is roughly equal to an 800g white sliced loaf, and half the price of a regular cappuccino. (UK price index figures)

What you can do

Show your support for our #Fairdeal4Cambs campaign by adding a Twibbon to your social media profile.

Visit http://twibbon.com/support/fairdeal4cambs-2 where you can add it to your profile picture on Twitter or Facebook and a support message will be posted on your behalf.

Write to your Member of Parliament and ask them to support Cambridgeshire County Council in fighting for a Fairdeal4Cambs.

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