NORTH Devon Council has agreed to support the Rural Fair Share Campaign in challenging "unfair" funding in rural areas.
Despite rural councils paying higher levels of council tax, urban councils currently receive around 50 per cent more funding per person than committees in rural areas.
In addition, rural councils have access to fewer public facilities and delivery of public services frequently costs more.
"The way central government works out their funding for local councils is quite simply unfair," said North Devon Council leader, Brian Greenslade.
"The serious cuts to government funding support means North Devon Council will have to reduce its annual budget from the current £12m to £10m by 2015/16. We need to take action now to avoid this inequality continuing over the years to come."
The campaign is encouraging people to sign the petition for the difference per person to be reduced to 40 per cent by 2020.
The petition is available at North Devon Council's offices, and online on the council's website.