Torridge Council write to government about fairer funding

Torridge District Council’s Internal Overview and Scrutiny Committee have written to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government concerning fairer funding.

The funding of public services has been cut year on year since 2010. In 2010/11 Torridge was allocated via the Central Government funding assessment £6.433m. In 2018/19 the amount is £3.345m, which is a large reduction £3.088m (48.01%) to manage whilst balancing the need to provide valuable services to our residents.

The recent Spending Review and Provisional Local Government Settlement confirmed that the squeeze will continue for some years yet.

Councillor Pete Watson, Internal Overview and Scrutiny Committee Chairman said:

“The Internal Scrutiny Committee members of our Council have become increasingly frustrated with the perceived lack of understanding there is nationally around the impact of decisions made in Whitehall have on Local Authorities at a grassroots level”.

Councillor Phil Pennington said:

“ It was extremely difficult having to recommend and approve an increase in our Council Tax for next year knowing that our residents are already struggling financially in our low wage economic area and also having to mange the impacts of welfare benefit charges. It is disappointing that nationally the financial model for Local Government is built around the expectation that Council tax increases will be made to offset cuts in direct Government Funding”

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