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Rural Fair Share Campaign

Volume 571: debated on Tuesday 3 December 2013

I have two petitions. The first is a petition of 386 residents of my constituency on the Rural Fair Share campaign.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of the UK,

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.

[P001303]