Britain's 'Leading Edge' to discuss how fairer funding for Cornwall can help drive post Brexit Britan

Representatives from Cornwall Council are to meet as part of ‘Britain’s Leading Edge’ a group of upper tier councils representing largely rural regions of the UK.

The Group have come together to discuss how regional inequalities can be diminished and how fairer funding of Britain’s rural areas can contribute to post-Brexit Britain and drive the economy forward into a brighter future.

Thanks to good fiscal management by the Liberal Democrats, Cornwall Council has managed to make savings of £380m over the last ten years. Once again, the Council have succeeded in balancing the budget for this year.

The Lib Dems on the Council are demanding urgent action from the Government after it was announced that the Review of Relative Needs and Resources (fairer funding) has been delayed.

Commenting, Cornwall Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Adam Paynter said,

“Cornwall Council have done an excellent job managing our dramatically shrinking budget over the last few years, but just as the Council need certainty to plan for the future, the Government have pulled the rug from under us by announcing a one-year spending review instead of the usual four.

“Without a multi-year spending review, there is no assurance of funding levels in the medium term for local government. Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council will explore every opportunity to step up our campaign for fairer funding to address the historical cuts that have left Cornwall facing increasing pressure on core services.

“I believe the Leading Edge Group of authorities will be a useful resource in proving to the Government the worth of proper investment in rural areas like Cornwall. As it has in the past, Cornwall has its part to play in the future prosperity of our nation. Liberal Democrats on the Council will do everything we can to ensure this happens”

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