Parties come together to call for fairer deal for Lancashire

Fair: Coun David Borrow
Fair: Coun David Borrow
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A move by deputy leader David Borrow to get the county’s MPs to help secure a joint meeting with Chancellor George Osbourne has received unanimous backing.

Coun Borrow urged all councillors and MPs to help protect the services relied upon by Lancashire’s most vulnerable residents.

He revealed that as a result of Government cuts to the authority’s central grant, increased costs and growth in the demand of a number of key services the county council will have to make estimated savings of around £500 million between 2010 and 2017.

“As we begin the budget process for the next three years, where we will still have to save another £160 million, we must ensure that we are always fighting for the best deal for our County,” he said.

“Whilst councils like Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Richmond upon Thames have seen an increase in the money they have received from the Government over the last few years Lancashire residents have had their funding slashed on an unprecedented scale.

“Whichever party you support that is patently unfair and we intend to work together to send a clear message to this Government: Lancashire is united in our commitment to fight for the fair funding deal we deserve.”