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Rural Fair Share Campaign

Volume 570: debated on Monday 18 November 2013

I would like to hand in a Rural Fair Share campaign petition for my constituency of Mid Norfolk.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of Mid Norfolk,

Declares that the Petitioners believe that the Local Government Finance Settlement is unfair to rural communities; notes that the Rural Penalty sees urban areas receive 50% more support per head than rural areas despite higher costs in rural service delivery; and opposes the planned freezing of this inequity in the 2013–14 settlement for six years until 2020.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to reduce the Rural Penalty in staged steps by at least 10% by 2020.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

[P001267]

I have the honour to present the petition of the residents of Penrith and the Border on the local government finance settlement.

Following is the full text of the petition:

[The Petition of residents of Penrith and the Border,

Declares that the Petitioners believe that the Local Government Finance Settlement is unfair to rural communities; notes that the Rural Penalty sees urban areas receive 50% more support per head than rural areas despite higher costs in rural service delivery; and opposes the planned freezing of this inequity in the 2013–14 settlement for six years until 2020.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to reduce the Rural Penalty in staged steps by at least 10% by 2020.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.]

[P001269]