20 September 2010

The fight for a fairer funding deal for public services in Northamptonshire has gone all the way to Downing Street today with a letter from the county’s MPs and councillors being presented to government this afternoon.

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

And today the letter, which is addressed to the Chancellor George Osborne, was taken direct to Downing Street by Cllr David Mackintosh to make sure the county’s point was considered at the very highest level in the build up to forthcoming announcements by the government about the level of funding for the county.

Cllr Mackintosh 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.

“I am very pleased to have been given the opportunity to deliver the letter signed by all MPs personally to Downing Street and have every confidence that serious consideration will be given to the points we raise.”

Over the period 2001 to 2021 the number of houses in Northamptonshire was forecasted to increase by 39 per cent against the national growth rate of nine per cent. This is reflected in forecast population growth and the council’s point to government is that this is not built into the funding formula previously used.