David Cameron has dismissed claims by rural Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs that local government hand-outs are unfair on the countryside.
MPs in the rural South West have complained the region suffers from a "rural penalty" that means urban authorities get 50% more cash from central Government than rural counterparts.
But speaking to BBC's Spotlight, the Prime Minister said he did not accept the claim.
He said: "We've had to make difficult decisions across the board. I think we've been fair between urban areas and rural areas."
Lib Dem leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg also rejected the claim when speaking to the Western Morning News two weeks ago, putting the party leaders on collision course with their backbenchers in rural constituencies.
St Ives Lib Dem MP Andrew George this week launched a campaign to get fair funding for Cornwall.
"When money is tight it becomes even more important that the funding arrangements are fair," he said.