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More than 40 Tory MPs urge PM to find more funding for finance settlement

Several senior Conservative MPs have warned that residents face a “double whammy” of cuts and council tax rises and and called for extra funding to be found before MPs are asked to vote on the local government finance settlement. 

A letter to the prime minister Rishi Sunak, co-ordinated by the County Councils Network and the county all-party parliamentary group, warns that the provisional settlement for 2024-25 has left councils are planning service cuts and council tax rises, with MPs saying they are “exceptionally concerned about evidence … on the financial situation”.

Former communities secretaries Robert Jenrick and Greg Clark are among the signatories as are former cabinet ministers Priti Patel, Therese Coffey, Damien Green, and Brandon Lewis.

Neil O’Brien, Heather Wheeler, Kit Malthouse, and Jake Berry, who have been local government ministers, have also signed the letter.

Ben Bradley (Con), chair of the APPG, Nottinghamshire CC leader and Mansfield MP, said: “With council tax set to rise again this year, residents face a double whammy. No council leader will take any pride in taking this action, but they simply have no choice after the Autumn Statement left them in a significantly worse position.”

According to CCN upper tier authorities face a £650m projected overspend. Some 45% of this is down to pressures in children’s services, a quarter is linked to adult social care and 20% is connected to home to school transport for pupils with special educational needs.

The letter calls for additional funding in these three areas. It says: “There is still an opportunity to rectify the situation and ensure MPs are able to support the vote on the local government settlement within the House of Commons in early February.”

Full list of signatories:

Cllr Ben Bradley

Peter Aldous

Caroline Ansell

Harriet Baldwin

Sir Jake Berry

Steve Brine

Greg Clark

Thérèse Coffey

Alberto Costa

Dame Caroline Dinenage

Flick Drummond

Sarah Dyke

Vicky Ford

George Freeman

Mark Garnier

Damian Green

Sir Robert Goodwill

Sally Ann Hart

Gordon Henderson

Darren Henry

Tom Hunt

Robert Jenrick

Danny Kruger

Pauline Latham

Andrew Lewer

Tim Loughton

Sir Brandon Lewis

Sir Julian Lewis

Ian Liddell-Grainger

Chris Loder

Karl McCartney

Kit Malthouse

Nigel Mills

Caroline Noakes

Neil O’Brien

Priti Patel

Dr Dan Poulter

Tom Randall

Bob Seely

Andrew Selous

Sir Desmond Swayne

Derek Thomas

Robin Walker

James Wild

Heather Wheeler

Daniel Zeichner



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