East Hampshire MP petitions for better funding deals for rural constituencies

PETITION Damian Hinds MP
PETITION Damian Hinds MP
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AN MP has joined calls for better funding for rural constituencies.

East Hampshire MP Damian Hinds was one of 26 MPs who handed petitions to government demanding better settlements and for urban councils’ funding advantage to be reduced.

They insist the local government finance settlement is unfair to rural communities, oppose that government is aiming to freeze this situation until 2020 and call for a reduction in the ‘rural penalty’ in steps by at least 10 per cent.

Speaking in the House of Commons Mr Hinds said: ‘I too am handing a petition in on the same terms for a number of signatories from my constituency of East Hampshire.

‘The petitioners therefore request the House of Commons urges the government to reduce the rural penalty in staged steps by at least 10 per cent by 2020.’

Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart is leading the campaign.