LETTER: Why we all deserve a fairer deal

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Facing unprecedented cuts from the Coalition Government, Nottinghamshire County Council has launched its ‘Fair Deal for Nottinghamshire’ campaign.

The unfairly imposed cuts by Government will mean that by 2015 the ten most deprived local authorities in England will lose five times the amount of spending per head compared to the ten least deprived.

County Councillor John Wilkinson said: “Nottinghamshire is facing a reduction in its Revenue Support Grant which is close to 21% over the next two years. This is in comparison to wealthier Local Authorities such as Surrey and Buckinghamshire who have been cut by 15%. Only one other County Council in the country has suffered a larger cut in its Government funding than Nottinghamshire.”

These cuts in central government funding will result in an estimated cut of £200 per resident of Nottinghamshire.

This is at a time when we are facing increased pressure in both our Adult Social Care and Health and our Children and Young People’s Services.

This campaign for a fair deal for Nottinghamshire is aimed at highlighting, opposing and demanding changes in the unfair allocation of funding from central government to our county.

It will aim to co-ordinate this opposition from across Nottinghamshire involving community groups, district, town and parish councils, faith groups, voluntary sector organisations, trade unions, private and public sector organisations, Members of Parliament and all local politicians from across the political divide and, most important of all, the people of Nottinghamshire.

Your Hucknall County Councillors, Alice Grice, John Wilkinson and John Wilmott will be holding street stalls on the mornings of Friday 6th, Friday 13th and Monday 30th of December where they will be collecting signatures on a petition to ask David Cameron for a Fair Deal for Nottinghamshire.

You can also fill in the petition online by visiting the County Council’s website: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/fairdeal

Alice Grice

Via email