No improved financial settlement from Government for North East Lincolnshire Council
NORTH East Lincolnshire Council’s bid for an improved financial settlement from the Government has fallen on deaf ears.
NELC was one of almost 200 councils in the country to appeal against the funding they were awarded for the next financial year.
As reported, NELC was given a revenue support grant of £52.2 million in 2013/14 – a reduction of two per cent.
However, when reductions to other separate government grants, such as the dedicated schools grant and new homes bonus are taken into account, the overall reduction in spending power equates to 5.2 per cent.
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Council leader Chris Shaw, pictured, said: “We told the Government that we fully understood the need for austerity and recognised the national deficit has to be reduced.
“But we also said there appeared to be a lack of recognition of the need and demand pressures on local authorities such as North East Lincolnshire Council and in particular the range of specific challenges we face in terms of children’s services, the loss of grant from our academies and the impact of the new homes bonus, which will hit more deprived areas like ours.
“Despite this setback, local people can be assured we’ll continue to provide strong leadership and work with residents and businesses to make sure our reduced resources are used to best benefit our communities.”