Campaigners aiming to secure fairer funding for Leicestershire

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 3 December 2020

HINCKLEY and Bosworth Liberal Democrat Campaigners are calling on Harborough MP, Neil O’Brien, who has been appointed Chair of the new ‘Levelling Up’ task force to ensure that Leicestershire finally get the fairer funding that they believe it deserves.

Mathew Hulbert (left), Michael Mullaney (right) (Supplied by Mathew Hulbert to The Hinckley Free Press)

Hinckley Councillor, Michael Mullaney and Barwell Parish Councillor, Mathew Hulbert, are calling on Neil O’Brien to listen to the long-held concerns of the public and elected representatives’ in regard to Leicestershire being ‘one of the worst-funded’ in the country, from education to infrastructure spending.

The new ‘Levelling Up’ task force has been launched to help Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his claim to want to ‘level up’ the economies of different regions and nations in the country.

In a statement, Hinckley Councillor Michael Mullaney, said: “Here in Leicestershire we are the worst funded county by this Tory government in the country.

“This means cuts to services whether that’s bus services cut, SureStart children’s centres being closed, lack of money to repair roads or for measures to tackle speeding on some local roads, whilst people still see the County Council raising their Council tax.

“Whilst schools in Leicestershire are among the worst funded in the country, contributing to low levels of social mobility locally.

“Meaning a young person born in poverty in Hinckley and Bosworth is tragically very likely to remain in that position.”

Barwell Councillor Mathew Hulbert, said: “Leicestershire’s Tory MPs have proven themselves, over a long period of time, worse than useless when it comes to getting fairer funding for the County they were sent to Parliament to represent.

“We can but hope that Mr O’Brien, given his new position, can finally get his government to recognise the gross unfairness in funding being faced by our residents in Leicestershire and the devastating impact it has on people in a whole host of ways.

“For our part we will be putting all the pressure we can on him and the government to finally give Leicestershire the fairer funding our county and its people deserve.”

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