Gedling councillors all sign letter calling for Government to urgently boost funding for ‘worst affected’ council

 Gedling councillors all sign letter calling for Government to urgently boost funding for ‘worst affected’ council

PICTURED: Gedling Borough Council Civic Centre in Arnold

All 41 Gedling Borough councillors have written a joint letter to government ministers calling for an increase in funding for local services.

This cross-party action follows the publication of the Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement, which revealed Gedling Borough Council is the worst affected council in the country for the second year in a row in terms of change in the resources allocated to it since 2015/16.

At the Full Council meeting held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, all 41 Gedling Borough councillors unanimously voted in agreement to a letter to be sent to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government that requests an increase in Gedling Borough Council’s share of the Local Government Finance Settlement and agrees to work with local MPs to get support for additional funding.

Robert Jenrick
PICTURED: The councillors have written to Robert Jenrick about the council’s funding issue

The letter highlights that the council is the worst affected council in terms of change of Core Spending Power since 2015/16. Gedling Borough Council has received a 20.2% reduction in Core Spending Power over the last six years.

Gedling leaders John Clarke and Michael Payne had previously written letters to both Gedling MP Tom Randall and Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for help in increasing council funding.

In a joint statement, local leaders of all four political groups on Gedling Borough Council said: “We’re working together to request a fair share of government funding to support our local communities. We are simply requesting that the government increases Gedling Borough Council’s share of the Local Government Finance Settlement, so we can continue to provide essential services to our residents and businesses.”

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