Pershore's MP pushes case for more financial help for councils - The Evesham Observer

Pershore's MP pushes case for more financial help for councils

Evesham Editorial 28th Jan, 2024   0

PERSHORE’S MP Harriett Baldwin welcomed confirmation county councils will be given an additional £600million.

She met with Worcestershire County Council leader Simon Geraghty and chief executive Paul Robinson. The council chiefs laid bare the extra financial pressures  the council is facing this year.

And the West Worcestershire MP then met with Local Government Minister Simon Hoare to pass on local concerns about rising budget pressures.

She has subsequently received confirmation the Government will be allocating extra cash across the English councils to help out.

Mrs Baldwin said:

“I had a really useful meeting with the leadership at Worcestershire County Council about the financial pressures arising from adult and children’s care needs and agreed to pass on their concerns to the local government Minister.

“There are clear pressures on the council with rising costs of children’s home to school transport and adult social care and a much larger demand for support for children with extra educational needs.

“Worcestershire is not alone in facing financial challenges and MPs from across England have been sharing their concerns.

“I also signed a letter to the Secretary of State and raised these pressures with the Chancellor.

“This is definitely good news from the Government to reduce the gap and I look forward to seeing the full detail on the Local Government Settlement when it is published next month.”

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