Cllr Chris Read, Labour Leader of Rotherham Council, has written to the Chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) expressing serious concerns about the government’s early proposals for the future funding of councils. Cllr Read wants to see all council’s across the country speaking with one voice to the government. At the moment the government is proposing to downgrade the significance of deprivation in an area when determining it’s access to government funding – a proposal which could see towns like Rotherham lose out on even more funding for years to come, and hitting local residents hard.
The letter from Cllr Chris Read is below.
Lord Porter of Spalding CBE
18 Smith Square
21st January 2019
Dear Lord Porter,
I am writing to you in support of the letter from Cllr Steve Houghton, the Chair of SIGOMA, regarding the current consultation on Fair Funding.
As leader of Rotherham Council, I too am extremely concerned that the Government has failed to recognise the importance of deprivation within the proposed foundation formula and would therefore urge the LGA to make representations on our behalf to ensure that this is rectified.
As Steve said in the media over the weekend the proposal threatens the credibility of the whole review – an affluent homeowner who also owns a car and computer and has money to spare does not depend on the same level of council resources as someone who potentially may not have stable accommodation, relies on public transport to get around and on computers within local libraries to access welfare. Duplicate the same principle across millions of homes around the country, and we start the review not only with a policy which is inequitable, but is likely to be unworkable as well.
I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
With best wishes
Cllr Chris Read