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Thousands join call to give Notts a ‘fair deal’

Nottingham County Hall

Nottingham County Hall

More than 3,000 people have joined the county council in calling on the Government to give a fair deal to Nottinghamshire’s public services.

Nottinghamshire residents are being amongst the worst hit in the country by Government funding cuts to local services, with a Revenue Support Grant cut of almost 21 per cent over the next two years.

This is equivalent to a £63 cut per person in funding for Nottinghamshire County Council services, which is double that of Councils covering more affluent areas in the south, such as Buckinghamshire (£29.84 cut per person) and Surrey (£32.74 cut per person).

In fact, only five County Councils in the whole country will see a bigger reduction in ‘spending power’ than Nottinghamshire County Council, in the latest round of cuts to council services, despite Nottinghamshire having some of the areas of highest deprivation in the country.

The Fair Deal for Nottinghamshire campaign was launched on 21 November 2013. More than 900 people have already showed their support on-line at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/fairdeal

Over 2,200 more have signed paper petitions at events across the county, which were officially handed over at the Full Council meeting on 16 January.

And it’s not too late to show your support. The online petition will remain available to sign until 31 March. The petition will be presented to Prime Minister, David Cameron in he spring.

Councillor Alan Rhodes, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Everyone living in Nottinghamshire should feel very angry that they are being targeted for the most severe cuts in their services, just because of where they live. We are calling on individuals, businesses, other public bodies, faith groups, unions and politicians across the political divide to join us in appealing for a Fair Deal for Nottinghamshire residents.

“It is time for the government to assess the cumulative impact that their wide-ranging cuts programme is having on councils and communities, particularly in deprived areas, and address the growing divide that is being created as a result.

“Worryingly, all the indications being given by the Government point to even more cuts in spending on public services in the future, so it is imperative we tell David Cameron that enough is enough.

“Please support our Fair Deal for Nottinghamshire campaign, let’s send a message to Government that the way they are targeting our services, many of which are for the most vulnerable people in our communities, is disproportionate and unfair.”

Nottinghamshire County Council must make savings of £154m over the next three years due to Government cuts in funding.

Budget proposals for savings of over £80m will be discussed by the Council’s Finance and Property Committee on 10 February before the final budget is agreed at Full Council on 27 February.

 

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