Northampton

Fair funding call for Northamptonshire to government

A call for fairer funding for public services in Northamptonshire has gone to the government.

Northamptonshire County Council believes the rapidly increasing population of the area is not reflected in the funding allocated to it.

Between 2001 and 2021 the number of homes is forecast to increase by 39% in the county, but housing targets are not part of the government projections.

The government said it would make a comment later.

The council says the HM Treasury projections for spending takes no account of housing targets.

'Short-changed'

It says that the population could rise by 50,000 over the next 13 years and Northamptonshire would not receive any extra funding.

The council handed in a letter to Chancellor George Osborne calling for this to be looked at.

David Mackintosh, cabinet member for strategy at the council, said: "We are totally clear that we believe that the funding formula used previously significantly short-changed Northamptonshire.

"At a time of increasing pressure on our budgets it is vital that this matter is looked at and addressed immediately."

Last week the county's seven MPs jointly signed a letter with the leader of the council Jim Harker arguing that government population estimates were incorrect meaning the county had been short-changed in funding for public services.

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