FUNDING for local authorities will be a topic of debate in the House of Commons tomorrow.
Members of Parliament are meeting for the backbench debate, with North Devon MP Nick Harvey having proposed the motion for the discussion.
The debate comes as a result of a campaign which is calling for a fairer share of government funding in rural areas.
North Devon Council leader Brian Greenslade said he welcomed news on the debate.
He said: “We added our weight to the rural fair share campaign as North Devon is one of those areas that gets a raw funding deal from government.
“Not only do we receive less money per person here than urban areas, but as a consequence we generally pay more in council tax.”
Mr Greenslade said he hoped tomorrow’s debate would show that help and funding in rural areas was rebalanced.
Funding for local authorities is worked out through a central government formula.
Currently urban areas get 50 per cent more per person than those in rural areas.
The rural fair share campaign is challenging that formula and asking for the gap to be reduced to less than 40 per cent by 2020.
Around 1,500 signatures across North Devon have been collected in support of the campaign.
Mr Harvey will then present them to parliament at the end of the month.