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RURAL FAIR SHARE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 905: tabled on 09 January 2013

Tabled in the 2012-13 session.

This motion has been signed by 25 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House recognises the need for local authorities to play their part in reducing the deficit; calls for an urgent review of the impact on rural areas of the Local Government Finance Settlement announced on 19 December 2012; notes that central Government funding for local authorities is already 50 per cent higher per head in urban areas than rural ones; further recognises that the 50 per cent funding gap is justified by neither need nor cost; further notes the additional expense of delivering services in sparsely populated areas; welcomes the recognition by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in its consultation in summer 2012 that sparsity weighting should be increased; is concerned that the damping mechanism adopted by DCLG reverses all sparsity gains and increases the rural to urban funding gap by 2 per cent; and urges the Government both to implement a settlement for 2013-2014 which closes the rural to urban funding gap and sets out plans to reduce the rural to urban council funding gap from 50 per cent to no more than 40 per cent by 2020.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.