MP welcomes £2m government boost for Somerset
MP has welcomed the news that the Government has announced extra
funds for local councils, including £2million for Somerset
County Council, after fierce lobbying in Westminster.
weeks ago, Somerset's five MPs - Marcus Fysh, James Heappey, Rebecca
Pow, Ian Liddell-Grainger and Rishi Sunak - joined County Council
leader David Fothergill in writing to the Prime Minister to express
their disappointment that the county was not included in the latest
trial for the retention of business rates.
letter also set out the challenging financial situation the Council
is currently in.
a further meeting last week, the countys MPs expressed further
concern to Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak.
a result, the Government announced on Tuesday that Somerset will
receive an additional £2million for adult social care and
other vital local services.
MP James Heappey said: "I am delighted that the Government
has listened to our concerns and that more money has been made available
to fund local services in Somerset."
battle with the Government has become an annual fixture and it is
pleasing that the Government has been able to react."
very much look forward, however, to the retention of business rates
being extended to our county and local government finances then
being in our own hands."
Somerset MPs Marcus Fysh, James Heappey, Rebecca Pow and Rishi Sunak