Petition calling for fair deal for city to be handed to Parliament
A PETITION containing almost 12,000 names calling for a better funding deal for Derby will be handed over in the House of Commons tomorrow.
Derby North MP Chris Williamson will deliver the Fair Deal for Derby petition at about 7pm at the close of parliamentary proceedings.
The Derby Telegraph previously reported that the city is getting a raw deal from the Government, with the impact of cuts equating to more than £75 per head, compared to only a few pounds in other parts of the country.
Mr Williamson said: "It's abundantly clear that Derby is not getting a fair deal while those more affluent, primarily Tory areas of the south are not feeling the same sort of impact from the Government's cuts programme. The very least we should be able to expect is to be treated fairly and equitably."
Names for the petition have been collected since September 22 and the latest count reveals there were 11,896 with possibly more to come.
The petition states: "The petitioners request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to ensure a fair deal for Derby by reducing the amount of cuts made to Derby City Council."
Without an improved funding offer from Government, the council will have to make £68 million of cuts during the next three years.
Of those, £25 million will have to be made during the next financial year.
The budget for 2013-14 will be announced by the Government in December and there are hopes it will be fairer than previously.
Mr Williamson said: "That is why I am handing the petition in now and hope that it will be analysed and a better grant distribution made."
The council is due to start its own formal budget consultation imminently.